Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 5 bestselling Random House ebooks of 2010

I heart books! If you're a regular reader of this blog then you'll also know that I feel no guilt or shame whatsoever about cyber-stalking authors, publishing houses, reviewers etc. in an effort to ferret out any and all up-and-coming titles, snippets of info and gossip. Hey, it's a dirty job but somebody's gotta do it, right? This morning while clearing a multitude of RSS feeds I read that Random House's combined ebook sales over 25 Dec 2010/26 Dec 2010 are up 300% over this time last year. That's phenomenal! Being terribly nosey I headed on over to their site to see just what ebooks people are buying. 'Cause I'm voyeuristic like that :) And before you start squawking yes, I'm fully aware that we don't offer ebooks yet, but the titles still make for interesting viewing - after all, I wasn't expecting that Larsson's 'Millennium trilogy' would round out the top 3 spots. I've taken a bit of liberty with Random House's original list and, for the purposes of this blog, have placed all 3 together as #1. As far as the actual list itself goes I only have one teeny, tiny complaint and it's this: Dear Random House, you are solely responsible for ensuring that my TBR (to be read) pile is approaching gargantuan proportions. Take a bow! :)

Honourable mention:
* Worth dying for by Lee Child - also available in compact disc and large print.
* Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning - also available as a downloadable audiobook.
* 61 hours by Lee Child - also available in compact disc and large print.

Cutting for stone : a novel / Abraham Verghese
Marion and Shiva Stone are twin sons of a secret union between an Indian nun and a British surgeon at "Missing" hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the brothers fall in love with the same woman. This tears them apart, forcing Marion to flee his homeland. When his past finally catches up with him, he must put his life in the hands of those he trusts least in the world.

The lost symbol : a novel / Dan Brown
"Washington DC: Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned at the last minute to deliver an evening lecture in the Capitol Building. Within moments of his arrival, however, a disturbing object - gruesomely encoded with five symbols - is discovered at the epicentre of the Rotunda. It is, he recognises, an ancient invitation, meant to beckon its recipient towards a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. When Langdon's revered mentor, Peter Solomon - philanthropist and prominent Mason - is brutally kidnapped, Langdon realises that his only hope of saving his friend's life is to accept this mysterious summons and follow wherever it leads him. Langdon finds himself quickly swept behind the fa├žade of America's most powerful city into the unseen chambers, temples and tunnels which exist there." -- Publisher description.

Decision points / George W. Bush
Decision points is the memoir of America's 43rd president. George W. Bush offers a candid journey through the defining decisions of his life while writing about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments.

The confession / John Grisham
When Travis Boyette is paroled because of inoperable brain tumor, for the first time in his life, he decides to do the right thing and tell police about a crime he committed that another man is about to be executed for.

The Millennium Trilogy books one, two and three / Stieg Larsson

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