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Zelda: Hyrule Historia Tops BookScan's Chart for Week of February 3 (Updated)

posted on 2013-02-08 13:30 EST
Dark Horse's release of encyclopedia sells nearly 60,000 copies in 1st week

Dark Horse Comics' release of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia encyclopedia ranked at #1 on Nielsen BookScan's rankings for the week of January 28-February 3. The fanbook sold nearly 60,000 copies in its first week, beating out Danielle Steel's Until the End of Time and Betrayal novels.

The Nielsen BookScan rankings represent sales at Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases — but not sales at comic book stores, Walmart, and some other venues. Publishers Weekly notes that outlets reporting to BookScan account for around 80% of total print sales.

The 248-page hardcover encyclopedia covers the full history of The Legend of Zelda franchise and includes an introduction by famed game designer and producer Shigeru Miyamoto. It also includes the official chronology of The Legend of Zelda games, concept art, information on the making-of of the franchise, and a bonus manga by The Legend of Zelda manga artist Akira Himekawa.

The book had usurped E.L. James' Fifty Shades Trilogy at the top of Amazon's Best Sellers list in August.

Update: Dark Horse Comics additionally revealed on Friday that the book has also ranked #1 on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. The publisher currently has approximately 400,000 copies of the book in print.

Source: Publishers Weekly


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