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The mighty bookselling power of Oprah

My Publishers Lunch newsletter tells me how Nielsen Bookscan has tracked the sales of Oprah’s Book Club selections over the past 10 years:

Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth – 3.37 million copies sold
James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces – 2.7 million copies sold
Elie Wiesel’s Night – 2.01 million copies sold
Cormac McCarthy’s The Road -1.385 million copies sold
Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations – 95,000 copies sold

Behold the power of Oprah, but what a shame more people didn’t read Dickens.

Posted by on May 20, 2011.

Categories: book club, books, lists, news

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