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Steve Jobs bio topping best-seller lists

Walter Isaacson's new biography of Jobs has sold 379,000 in the U.S. during its first week, says, citing data from Nielsen.

Steve Jobs biography
Courtesy of Albert Watson. Simon & Schuster

The new biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson is flying off the shelves, according to the latest stats from Nielsen.

The book, titled "Steve Jobs," sold 379,000 copies in the United States just in its first week, said, citing data from Nielsen's BookScan service.

The bio outsold the week's next-best seller--John Grisham's "The Litigators"--by three to one. It also outsold the second best-selling nonfiction title--Bill O'Reilly's nonfiction "Killing Lincoln"--by almost eight to one.

Released on October 24, Isaacson's biography was written with Jobs' cooperation but offers an unvarnished and often painfully truthful look at his life and career. To get the full story, Isaacson interviewed a variety of people associated with Jobs, both personally and professionally, many of whom openly painted both the good and the bad aspects of the late Apple leader.

The book was one of the highest sellers on Amazon even before it hit the market, capturing a huge number of preorders. Though 2011 has fewer than two months left, the bio could become Amazon's top seller for the entire year.

It's already the 18th best-selling book of the year overall, according to, and scored the highest number of sales in one week for any book in the United States since last November. Beyond the shores of the U.S., the bio was one of the hottest-selling nonfiction titles in the U.K, selling 37,244 copies in its first week.

Disclosure: "Steve Jobs" is published by Simon & Schuster, which like CNET is owned by CBS.