Dan Brown's Inferno easily took #1 on Nielsen BookScan for the week ending May 26, selling 211,000 copies and bringing its two-week total to 580,000. Despite slipping 42% in its second week, Inferno far outpaced the #2 book, Khaled Hosseini's And the Mountains Echoed, which posted a debut of 91,000 copies. Hosseini's last book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, debuted with 162,000 copies back in 2007, and went on to sell well over 2.5 million copies at outlets that report to BookScan.
Behind Mountains was Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson (37,000 copies) and Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (28,000). One other hardcover debut made the top 10: Phil Jackson's Eleven Rings landed at #8, selling 17,000 units.
This time last year, when the Fifty Shades trilogy was peaking, the top five overall books sold 914,000 copies. This year, the top five overall books sold 391,000 copies.