Diana Gabaldon's latest Outlander novel outsold Hillary Clinton's memoir last week. What's more surprising is that Written in My Own Heart's Blood, the eighth installment in the time-travel romance series, beat out Hard Choices in hardcover copies sold, when nonfiction, on the whole, far outsells fiction in print.


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That's weird, I would think that popular fiction would routinely outsell non-fiction. For political books especially, I always assumed Ann Coulter and others were doing Diantetics-style scams where political groups were buying up the books to artificially inflate the sales figures and get the books into the top ten to create interest from legitimate readers who might not ordinarily pick up those books if they weren't on the list.

There's just so much gaming of the bestsellers lists going on with non-fiction that I tend to take the sales figures with a grain of salt.