By Lanford Beard
Updated December 16, 2011 at 12:30 PM EST
Albert Watson

He dominated tech, and he dominated the publishing industry. Steve Jobs left a legacy that will not soon be forgotten — one part of which was the year’s top-selling book. Elsewhere, George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire set, a World War II story from the author of Seabiscuit, and the ever-scrappy Katniss Everdeen landed in the top 10. Jobs was equally powerful in eBooks, joined by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Liz Lemon, and Jaycee Dugard, and Edward Cullen. Who else landed the top shelf? Click through to see 2011’s most popular books.

Top-selling books*

1. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

2. Heaven Is for Real, Todd Burpo and 
Lynn Vincent

3. StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath

4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, Jeff Kinney

6. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

7. Inheritance,
 Christopher Paolini

8. The 17 Day Diet,
 Mike Moreno

9. A Song of
 Ice and Fire 4-book box set, George R.R. Martin

10. Go the F–k to Sleep, Adam Mansbach and Ricardo Cortés

Top-selling eBooks**


1. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

3. A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin

4. Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen

5. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Stieg Larsson

6. The Litigators, John Grisham

7. Now You See Her, James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

8. The Paris Wife, Paula McLain

9. Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer

10. Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin


1. Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

2. Heaven is for Real, Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent

3. A Stolen Life, Jaycee Dugard

4. Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand

5. Sh(asterisk)t My Dad Says, Justin Halpern

6. Bossypants, Tina Fey

7. Bossypants (Enhanced Edition), Tina Fey

8. In the Garden of Beasts, Erik Larsen

9. SEAL Team Six, Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin

10. Killing Lincoln, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

What was your favorite book of the year?

*Based on Amazon sales.

**Based on iTunes sales.

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