LJ Best Books 2016

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Stieg Larsson Stats: By the Numbers

With over 3.4 million copies sold in hardcover and ebook formats, Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest this Sunday, June 5th, will mark its one-year anniversary on the New York Times best-seller list. To celebrate this astonishing milestone, Knopf released some illuminating numbers on how Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy has fared in the United States.

  • 15 million copies in print in hardcover, trade, and mass market editions.
  • U.S. digital sales for the trilogy: 3.5 million copies.
  • Over 17 million copies sold (all formats) in the U.S and approaching 60 million worldwide.
  • 222 printings across all hardcover, trade, and mass market formats.
  • Since September 2008, when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was published in hardcover, Larsson’s books have been a constant presence on best-seller lists across America.
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo has spent 128 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 711 days on the Amazon top 100 (hardcover and paperback combined).
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire has spent 92 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 461 days on the Amazon top 100 (hardcover and paperback combined).
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest has spent 52 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list and 524 days on the Amazon top 100 (hardcover and paperback combined).
  • Life-to-date sales breakdown (all books, all formats): 80% physical, 20% digital.

It has been three years since we first published Stieg Larsson, said Sonny Mehta, chairman of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, and his readership continues to grow, while interest in his life and work remains high. This year looks promising as well, as we are already beginning to see a ripple effect from the Fincher film, which is not due out until December.

Last weekend, an apparently pirated trailer for David Fincher’s adaptation gave eager Larsson fans a sneak peak at the “feel-bad movie of Christmas.” For those of you who missed that slightly racier version (now taken down), here is the official trailer.

Wilda Williams About Wilda Williams

Wilda "Willy" Williams (wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com) is LJ's Fiction Editor. She specializes in popular fiction and edits the Mystery, Science Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Word on Street Lit columns.


  1. Worth noting that Overdrive shows Dragon and Fire have been on their Most Downloaded list for 21 months, and Hornet’s Nest for 12: http://ow.ly/5cpJ6

    Library ebooks clearly hurt sales! /snark

  2. Rebecca Vnuk says:

    I can’t believe it took me so long to finally read these, but once I started 2 weeks ago, I was HOOKED. I’ve watched the Swedish movies on Netflix on demand, as well.

  3. Wilda Williams says:

    I’ll be interested to see how David Fincher reinterprets Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. If you’re hooked on Scandinavian crime fiction, there’s plenty more coming this fall!

  4. Allan Hoving says:

    Big day for Larsson fans tomorrow: the memoir from Eva Gabrielsson comes out – simultaneously with the Tantor audiobook edition.

    • Wilda Williams says:

      Hi Allan, thanks for the tip on Eva Gabrielsson’s memoir and the Tantor audiobook!