Bestseller Stat Shot

The runaway popularity of lo-fi video game megahit Minecraft has been a boon for Scholastic, the publisher of a number of game strategy guides. The game, which, at its core, is about “breaking and placing blocks” (or so says the game’s official website), can spin off in an infinite number of directions and is available for just about any gaming platform out there, including Amazon’s just-released Fire TV. Perhaps coincidentally, the same week Fire TV started landing in living rooms across the country, Scholastic’s Minecraft: Essential Handbook saw unit sales more than double, after two weeks of declining sales, and it became the bestselling print Minecraft book in the country. With all the Minecraft reading going on, who’s got time to actually play the game? Here are release-to-date sales figures for three popular strategy guides.

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