The New York Times Best Seller list is widely considered the pre-eminent list of best-selling books in the United States. It is published weekly in The New York Times Book Review magazine, which is published in the Sunday edition of The New York Times and as a stand-alone publication. The best-seller list has been ongoing since April 9, 1942.
A Stanford Business School analysis found that the majority of book buyers use the Times‘ list for buying ideas. The study concluded that lesser-known writers get the biggest benefit from being on the list, while perennial best-selling authors such as Danielle Steel or John Grisham see no benefit of additional sales.
The best-seller list may not be a reflection of overall book sales; a book that never makes the list can outsell books on the best-seller list. This is because the best-seller list reflects sales in a given week, not total sales. Thus, one book may sell heavily in a given week, making the list, while another may sell at a slower pace, never making the list, but selling more copies over time.
|THIS WEEK||LAST WEEK||COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION||WEEKS|
|1||THREAT VECTOR, by Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney. (Penguin Group.) As China threatens to invade Taiwan, the covert intelligence expert Jack Ryan Jr. aids his father’s administration — but his agency is no longer secret.||1|
|2||7||GONE GIRL, by Gillian Flynn. (Crown Publishing.) A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary; is her husband a killer?||27|
|3||4||THE FORGOTTEN, by David Baldacci. (Grand Central Publishing.) The military investigator John Puller probes his aunt’s mysterious death in Florida.||3|
|4||5||THE RACKETEER, by John Grisham. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) An imprisoned ex-lawyer schemes to exchange this information about who murdered a judge for his freedom.||7|
|5||PRIVATE LONDON, by James Patterson and Mark Pearson. (Grand Central Publishing.) The former Royal Military Police sergeant Dan Carter and his ex-wife, Kirsty Webb, look into why young women are being abducted in London.||1|
|6||1||THE BLACK BOX, by Michael Connelly. (Little, Brown & Company.) The Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to the killing of a young female photographer during race riots in 1992.||2|
|7||3||NOTORIOUS NINETEEN, by Janet Evanovich. (Random House Publishing.) The New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum tracks a con man who disappeared from a hospital.||3|
|8||6||MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS,by James Patterson. (Little, Brown & Company.) Detective Alex Cross confronts both a hostage situation and a terrorist act at Christmas.||4|
|9||12||THE EDGE OF NEVER, by J.A. Redmerski. (J.A. Redmerski.) A woman impulsively boards a Greyhound bus to start everything afresh, and meets a man with a dark secret.||2|
|10||10||FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, by E. L. James. (Knopf Doubleday Publishing.) A college student falls in love with a tortured man with particular sexual tastes; the first of a trilogy.||41|
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