New records were set in 2003 for hardcover unit sales. The year's #1 fiction bestseller, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, sold more than 5.7 million copies, and the nonfiction leader, The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren, sold about 11.3 million. The previous record in fiction was set 10 years ago (1993), when Robert James Waller's The Bridges of Madison County sold more than 4.3 million copies. In nonfiction, the previous record was about 8.4 million for Bruce Wilkinson's The Prayer of Jabez, set in 2001.

Over the past 30 years (that's how long this writer has been compiling these stats), a lot has changed, yet a lot has remained the same. Well-known authors dominated the fiction charts back then, as they do now, but, of course, the names are different. How-to and current events are perennially among the most popular nonfiction high rollers. What has changed dramatically is the unit sales required to be among our annual bestsellers, and the cost of hardcover books. The fiction leader 30 years ago was James A. Michener's Centennial, with sales of 330,289 copies. Here's what we wrote: 'This figure is even more impressive when one considers that the book's price tag broke all previous records for a novel. After 175,000 copies at $10.95 were printed, Random House raised the price to an astounding $12.50.' Thirty years ago, we were also impressed that three novels made the top of the 1974 charts: WatershipDown by Richard Adams, Jaws by Robert Benchley and then-70-year-old Martha Craven's I Heard the Owl Call My Name. Nonfiction was led by Marabel Morgan's The Total Woman, offering marital advice from a Christian perspective and published by Revell, a Christian publisher. It outsold the book that dominated the weekly general bestseller lists, All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, the two Pulitzer Prize—winning journalists who broke the Watergate story. Morgan's book sold about 369,000 copies, compared to about 280,000 for #2.

Two decades later, in the 1994 year-end feature, the numbers needed to make the annual list were considerably higher. The big news that year was that a record number of hardcover titles, 17—eight fiction and nine nonfiction—went over the one-million mark. In fiction, the leader was The Chamber by John Grisham, with sales of more than three million; in nonfiction, it was In the Kitchen with Rosie by Rosie Daley (she was Oprah's personal chef) at the top spot, with sales of more than 5.4 million. That record of 17 books with annual sales of one million and more still stands. And even though the 2003 chart leaders have higher unit sales than ever before, the number of books with sales over the one-million mark is a second-best 14.

More novels than ever had sales over 100,000 in 2003—128 to be exact. The previous high was 125 fiction books in 2002. There were fewer hardcover nonfiction 100,000+ sellers in 2003, only 121, compared with the record 130 in 2002. But there were more nonfiction million-copy bestsellers—six in 2003, compared with just two a year earlier.

The phenomenon last year was Dan Brown and his fourth book, The Da Vinci Code. In fact, back in March 2003, Doubleday (Brown's third publisher) noted that customers had bought as many hardcover copies of Da Vinci in two days as Brown's earlier books had netted in total. Now, not only does Brown's novel rank as the fastest-selling hardcover fiction to date, he's also managed to place all his backlist on the paperback charts, including Angels & Demons, leading the mass market lists for 47 weeks. The ingredients for his success were many—in-house enthusiasm, good buzz, good reviews and a thriller that reached out not only to suspense readers but also to art enthusiasts and people interested in religion.

This year, there were 10 debut novels with sales of more than 100,000, and the bestseller among them was The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom, whose Tuesdays with Morrie had a run at the top of our year-end chart back in 1999 and was in the top 15 two other years (that book, published in 1997, sold more than six million hardcover copies). Also on the list is Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, with sales in 2003 of more than 902,000 copies, bringing that book's two-year total to about 2,815,900.

All the other fiction high rollers are the usual crowd on these year-end lists; you know the names—Grisham, Clancy, Patterson, Sparks, Karon, King, Steel, Cussler and Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. The 15 fiction runners-up are also by veteran novelists; almost all have, in the past, been on a top-30 list and even a top-15 annual list. The one exception is Lauren Weisberger's The Devil Wears Prada, a first fiction that had a 24-week tenure on PW's weekly charts (one less than Grisham's The King of Torts).

Nonfiction's Stars

The interest in religion and inspiration books continues to grow in the U.S., as evidenced by the bestselling book, The Purpose-Driven Life from evangelical Christian publisher Zondervan. Author Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and best-known churches. The book's launch was supported by a national '40 Days of Purpose' campaign sponsored by Saddleback Church involving more than 1,550 churches representing all 50 states and nine countries. Clearly, the most effective handselling is via the churches. Sales at both Christian stores and general bookstores were fantastic.

The nation's concern with the rise in obesity made for lots of healthy sales for diet and fitness titles; three of them grabbed the #2, #3 and #4 slots for 2003: The South Beach Diet, Atkins for Life and The Ultimate Weight Solution. Each had a special ingredient for strong sales: for South Beach, Rodale's direct-mail muscle got the word out to retailers; by the summer there were more than 1.5 million copies in print. That number increased to nearly five million by November. How? Reorders from all outlets, especially the mass merchandisers. As for the other two, the Dr. Atkins brand just continues to sell and sell, and Dr. Phil's TV show certainly had a positive effect.

In fact, the celebrity factor continues to be key in nonfiction sales. Authors need a platform from which they can talk about their books and their subject. Memoirs and biographies of well-known people had a good run in 2003. Hillary Rodham Clinton's was one of the fastest memoirs out of the gate, with sales of more than 200,000 before its June 9 laydown. Barnes & Noble sold about 40,000 copies in the first 24 hours, a record for a nonfiction book at the chain. Another memoir, Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg, was a surprise bestseller—the author, a friend of the actress, finished the biography in 2001 and the publisher had already had it typeset. Within two weeks of her death on June 29, about 560,000 copies were in stores. Fred Rogers's show was a children's favorite for more than 30 years and he penned a book, The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember. He died about nine months before it was published, but his adoring fans supported the book to the tune of more than 519,000 copies sold in 2003.

Many of the other books in the top 15 were penned by political pundits from the right and left—Al Franken, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Moore, Anne Coulter. Combined 2003 sales for their bestsellers totaled more than 3.3 million copies. Controversy was quite a salable commodity last year.

Bestseller No-Shows

Eighteen of the hardcover novels that sold more than 100,000 copies in 2003 have yet to land on one of PW's weekly charts; in nonfiction, 35 titles never landed on the weekly charts. While most of these books sold fewer than 125,000 copies, there were some higher numbers among them. Also, there were books among the top 30 with minimal tenures on the weekly charts. In fiction's top 15, Bantam's BabylonRising by Tim LaHaye and Greg Dinallo—#14, with sales of more than 700,000 copies—had only a two-week run. In nonfiction, #20, Curves by Gary Heavin, was on PW's weekly list for only one week; and #21, I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg, was on the charts for only three weeks; both books claim sales of more than 400,000 in 2003.

As always, all our calculations are based on shipped and billed figures supplied by publishers for new books released in 2002 and 2003 (a few books published earlier that continued their tenures on our 2003 weekly lists and/or our monthly religion lists are included). These figures reflect only 2003 sales—publishers were instructed not to include book club and overseas transactions. We also asked publishers to take into account returns through February 1. Sales figures in these pages should not be considered final net sales. For many of these books, especially those published in the latter half of the year, final returns are not yet calculated.

Also note the tables 'Who's on First?' and 'What's on Second?', in which we compare PW's top 15 rankings with how these books fared at selected independents, chains and online booksellers. This year, for the first time, we are including rankings from Nielsen BookScan. Still, even with all these reports, we lack detailed information on how these books fared at some of the mass merchandisers, specialty stores and in the gift retail market.

16. The Lake House by James Patterson (Little, Brown, 672,927)
17. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks (Warner, 624,347)
18. Split Second by David Baldacci (Warner, 615,464)
19. Remember When by Nora Roberts (Putnam, 554,078)
20. Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (Tor, 553,270)
21. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham (Doubleday, #518,000 in 2003; three-year total: 3.840,000+)
22. Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz (Bantam, #515,000)
23. Johnny Angel by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, #515,000)
24. Birthright by Nora Roberts (Putnam, 505,659)
25. The Second Time Around by Mary Higgins Clark (Simon & Schuster, #490,000)
26. To the Nines by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin's, 475,603)
27. Dating Game by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, #460,000)
28. The Devil WearsPrada by Lauren Weisberger (Doubleday, #454,900)
29. The Jester by James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little, Brown, 420,508)
30. Naked Prey by John Sandford (Putnam, 405,587)

White Death. Clive Cussler. Putnam (405,302)
Love. Toni Morrison. Knopf (357,966)
Blood Canticle. Anne Rice. Knopf (335,186)
Blindside. Catherine Coulter. Putnam (326,870)
Hello, Darkness. Sandra Brown. Simon & Schuster (#317,000)
The Face. Dean Koontz. Bantam (#305,000)
Blackwood Farm. Anne Rice. Knopf (304,328)

The Hornet's Nest. Jimmy Carter. Simon & Schuster (#298,000)
The Conspiracy Club. Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine (290,535)
The Tristan Betrayal. Robert Ludlum. St. Martin's (275,741)
The Hanged Man's Song. John Sandford. Putnam (263,620)
Balance of Power. Richard North Patterson. Ballantine (252,415)
The Christmas Train. David Baldacci. Warner (247,232)
Angels & Demons. Dan Brown. Atria (237,797)
Lord John and the Private Matter. Diana Gabaldon. Delacorte (#230,000)
The Sinister Pig. Tony Hillerman. HarperCollins (225,000)
A Perfect Day. Richard Paul Evans. Dutton (217,426)
A Cold Heart. Jonathan Kellerman. Ballantine (214,684)
Our Lady of the Forest. David Guterson. Knopf (210,210)
The Murder Room. P.D. James. Knopf (202,400)

Pompeii. Robert Harris. Random House (197,993)
The Cat Who Brought Down the House. Lilian Jackson Braun. Putnam (192,149)
Final Justice. W.E.B. Griffin. Putnam (190,808)
Dirty Work. Stuart Woods. Putnam (190,640)
The Reluctant Suitor. Kathleen Woodiwiss. Morrow (187,000)
The Pleasure of My Company. Steve Martin. Hyperion (186,039)
Naked Empire. Terry Goodkind. Tor (185,351)
Lost Light. Michael Connelly. Little, Brown (185,169)
The Namesake. Jhumpa Lahiri. Houghton Mifflin (180,437)
Fatal Tide. Iris Johansen. Bantam (#180,000)
Someone to Watch Over Me. Judith McNaught. Atria (178,266)
Trading Up. Candace Bushnell. Hyperion (177,651)
No Second Chance. Harlan Coben. Dutton (175,117)
Quicksilver. Neal Stephenson. Morrow (175,000)
Back Story. Robert B. Parker. Putnam (171,080)
Capital Crimes. Stuart Woods. Putnam (169,365)
Holly. Jude Devereaux. Atria (169, 343)
The Time Traveler's Wife. Audrey Niffenegger. MacAdam/Cage (165,000)
Cry No More. Linda Howard. Ballantine (163,644)
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Mark Haddon. Doubleday (#162,800)
Hollywood Divorces. Jackie Collins. Simon & Schuster (#159,000)
Bad Company. Jack Higgins. Putnam (158,324)
The Lady and the Unicorn. Tracy Chevalier. Dutton (157,679)
Christmas Blessings. Donna VanLiere. St. Martin's (156,213)
Sons of Fortune. Jeffrey Archer. St. Martin's (155,246)
Isle of Palms. Dorothea Benton Frank. Berkley (153,196)
Truth or Dare. Jayne Ann Krentz. Putnam (152,676)
Avenger. Frederick Forsyth. St. Martin's (150,342)
Cerulean Sins. Laurell K. Hamilton. Berkley (150,000)
Dead Aim. Iris Johansen. Bantam (#150,000)

Naughty or Nice. Eric Jerome Dickey. Dutton (144,690)
The Dogs of Babel. Carolyn Parkhurst. Little, Brown (143,921)
A Place of Hiding. Elizabeth George. Bantam (#140,000)
All He Ever Wanted. Anita Shreve. Little, Brown (133,844)
By Sorrow's River. Larry McMurtry. Simon & Schuster (#133,400)
Flirting with Pete. Barbara Delinsky. Scribner (133,000)
Executive Power. Vince Flynn. Atria (132,187)
Love Me. Garrison Keillor. Viking (131,000)
The Vanished Man. Jeffery Deaver. Simon & Schuster (#130,000)
Bare Bones. Kathy Reichs. Scribner (130,000)
Dragon's Kin. Anne McCaffrey. Ballantine (129,528)
Street Dreams. Faye Kellerman. Warner (129,280)

The Confessor. Daniel Silva. Putnam (123,519)
Seizure. Robin Cook. Putnam (122,765)
The Dirty Girls Social Club. Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez. St. Martin's (122,593)
The High Druid of Shannara: Jarka Ruus. Terry Brooks. Del Rey (122,316)
Dead Ringer. Lisa Scottoline. HarperCollins (122,000)
Wild Orchids. Jude Devereaux. Atria (121,608)
The Other Woman. Eric Jerome Dickey. Dutton (121,558)
The Sinner. Tess Gerritsen. Ballantine (120,921)
Shutter Island. Dennis Lehane. Morrow (120,000)
Stone Cold. Robert B. Parker. Putnam (115,467)
The Jericho Sanction. Oliver North and Joe Musser. Broadman & Holman (112,141)
Christmas, Present. Jacquelyn Mitchard. HarperCollins (112,000)
Diary. Chuck Palahniuk. Doubleday (#111,000)
Oryx and Crake. Margaret Atwood. Doubleday (#108,100)
O'Hara's Choice. Leon Uris. HarperCollins (108,000)
Star Wars: The New Jedi Order—The Unifying Force. James Luceno. Del Rey (107,775)
The Kalahari Typing School for Men. Alexander McCall Smith. Pantheon (106,597)
The Last Days. Joel C. Rosenberg. Forge (106,415)
Pattern Recognition. William Gibson. Putnam (106,298)
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Vol. 1. Louis L'Amour. Bantam
Exit Wounds. J.A. Jance. Morrow (105,000)
From the Listening Hills. Louis L'Amour. Bantam (#105,000)
Sunny Chandler's Return. Sandra Brown. Bantam (#105,000)
Villa Incognito. Tom Robbins. Bantam (#105,000)
Dune: The Machine Crusade. Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Tor (104,768)
Lucia, Lucia. Adriana Trigiani. Random House (102,834)
The Red Hat Club. Haywood Smith. St. Martin's (102,534)
Mr. Paradise. Elmore Leonard. Morrow (102,000)
Blacklist. Sara Paretsky. Putnam (101,532)
A Man to Call My Own. Johanna Lindsay. Atria (101,528)
Die in Plain Sight. Elizabeth Lowell. Morrow (101,000)
The Known World. Edward P. Jones. Amistad. (101,000)
A Christmas Story. Jean Shepherd. Broadway (#100,900)
Flashback. Nevada Barr. Putnam (100,487)
The Private Life of the Cat Who. Lilian Jackson Braun. Putnam (100,421)
The Lone Drow. R.A. Salvatore. Wizards of the Coast (100,000)

16. Flyboys by James Bradley. (Little, Brown, 518,206)
17. Wild at Heart by John Eldredge (Nelson, 512,429)
18. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, #506,900)
19. The Dream Giver by Bruce Wilkinson (Multnomah, 491,192)
20. Curves by Gary Heavin (Putnam, 475,895)
21. I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. by Rick Bragg (Knopf, 472,501)
22. The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life by Suze Orman (Free Press, 452,000)
23. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson (Putnam, 426,244)
24. Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins (Broadway, 415,500)
25. Leap of Faith by Queen Noor (Miramax, 389,633)
26. I Hope You Dance by Mark Sanders and Tia Sillers (Rutledge Hill, 377,641)
27. Stupid White Men by Michael Moore. (ReganBooks, 367,000; two year total: 1,100,000+)
28. Under the Banner of Heaven. Jon Krakauer (Doubleday,#350,000)
29. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson (Broadway,#308,300)
30. American 24/7. Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen (DK, 307,000)

Moneyball. Michael Lewis. W.W. Norton (305,200)
Reflections. Barbara Bush. Scribner (290,000)
The Incredible Truth About Motherhood Bradley Trevor Greive. Andrews McMeel (279,218)
From Emeril's Kitchen. Emeril Lagasse. Morrow Cookbooks (278,000)
What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson. Random House (274,575
The Savage Nation. Michael Savage. WND (259,335)
Bringing Elizabeth Home. Ed and Lois Smart. Doubleday (#257,700)
Next Door Savior. Max Lucado. W Publishing (255,280)
Madam Secretary. Madeleine Albright. Miramax (251,752)
The Teammates. David Halberstam. Hyperion (251,429)

Devil in the White City. Erik Larson. Crown (236,462)
An Unfinished Life. Robert Dallek. Little, Brown (234,281)
The Power of Full Engagement. Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. Free Press (232,798)
Broken Music. Sting. Dial (#225,000)
Who's Your Caddy. Rick Reilly. Doubleday (#222,500)
Waking the Dead. John Eldredge. Nelson (218,126)
Arrogance. Bernard Goldberg. Warner (216,283)
Execution. Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Crown Business. (212,297)
Seabiscuit: Special Illustrated Collector's Edition. Laura Hillenbrand. Random House (211,502)
The Sopranos Family Cookbook. Alan Rucker and Michele Scicolone. Warner (204,757)
Living to Tell the Tale. Gabriel García Márquez, trans. by Edith Grossman. Knopf (203,958)
The Kennedy Curse. Edward Klein. St. Martin's (201,912)
Dear Mom. Bradley Trevor Greive. Andrews McMeel (201,748; total since pub.: 503,485)

Barefoot Contessa Family Style. Ina Garten. Clarkson Potter (193,655)
Bushwhacked. Molly Ivins. Random House (192,766)
The Funny Thing Is... Ellen DeGeneres. Simon & Schuster (#187,700)
In the Presence of My Enemies. Gracia Burnham with Dean Merrill. Tyndale (186,759)
A Patriot's Handbook. Caroline Kennedy. Hyperion (185,764)
Heart Full of Lies. Ann Rule. Free Press (181,608)
Tomorrow. Bradley Trevor Greive. Andrews McMeel (179,233)
The Power of Now. Eckhart Tolle. New World Library (178,591; total since pub.: 857,591)
Now, Discover Your Strengths. Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton. Free Press (178,130)
Beyond Belief. Elaine Pagels. Random House (177,088)
Jeff Gordon: Racing Back to the Front. Jeff Gordon. Atria (176,931)
The Mind of the Soul. Gary Zukav and Linda Francis. Free Press (176,589)
The Michaels Book of Arts & Crafts. Sterling/Lark (176,300)
Total Money Makeover. Dave Ramsey. Nelson (172,794)
A National Party No More. Zell Miller. Stroud & Hall (172,568)
Complete Home Bartender's Guide. Salvatore Calabrese. Sterling (170,762)
The Traveler's Gift. Andy Andrews. Nelson (169,252)
The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands. Laura Schlessinger. HarperCollins (169,000)
Franklin and Winston. Jon Meacham. Random House (168,921)
Sea of Glory. Nathaniel Philbrick. Viking (166,200)
The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating. Bob Greene. Simon & Schuster (#162,000)
After Life. John Edward. Hay House (157,491)
This Just In. Bob Schieffer. Putnam (156,904)
The Fat Flush Plan. Ann Louise Gittleman. McGraw-Hill Trade (153,338)
Schott's Original Miscellany. Ben Schott. Bloomsbury (153,040)
One Minute Millionaire. Mark Victor Hansen & Robert G. Allen. Harmony (152,580)
Through the Lens. Edited by Leah Bendavid-Val. National Geographic (151,000)

The Complete Far Side. Gary Larson. Andrews McMeel (149,522)
The Opposite of Fate. Amy Tan. Putnam (149,186)
Krakatoa. Simon Winchester. HarperCollins (149,000)
Knowing God Intimately. Joyce Meyer. Warner Faith (146,060)
Stillness Speaks. Eckhart Tolle. New World Library (143,915)
Open. John Feinstein. Little, Brown (141,039)
The Great Unraveling. Paul Krugman. W.W. Norton (140,500)
Visits from the Afterlife. Sylvia Browne with Lindsay Harrison. Dutton (140,235)
The Bounty. Caroline Alexander. Viking (140,000)
Curves on the Go. Gary Heavin and Carol Colman. Putnam (138,967)
Haley's Hints. Graham and Rosemary Haley. 3-H Productions (136,000)
Thinking for a Change. John Maxwell. Warner Faith (135,124)
Dereliction of Duty. Lt. Col. Robert 'Buzz' Patterson. Regnery (135,000)
The Purpose Driven Church. Rick Warren. Zondervan (133,825)
I Am What I Ate. Bill Cosby. HarperEntertainment (130,521)
The Darwin Awards 3. Wendy Northcutt. Dutton (126,972)

The Prayer of Jabez. Bruce Wilkinson. Multnomah (124,277; total since pub.: 9,154,819)
Five Dysfunctions of a Team. Patrick Lencioni. Wiley/Jossey-Bass (123,498)
Sweet Caroline. Chris Andersen. Morrow (123,000)
Jarhead. Anthony Swofford. Scribner (122,000)
How to Hear from God. Joyce Meyer. Warner Faith (120,766)
A Heart Like Jesus. Max Lucado. W Publishing (120,410)
The Acne Prescription. Nicholas Perricone, M.D. HarperResource (120,000)
Shut Up and Sing. Laura Ingraham. Regnery (120,000)
Three Weeks in October. Charles Moose and Charles Fleming. Dutton (119,547)
The New York Yankees: 100 Years—The Official Retrospective. The New York Yankees. Ballantine (118,327)
Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire. Deepak Chopra. Harmony (116,554)
In an Uncertain World. Robert Rubin. Random House (116,466)
Jamie's Kitchen. Jamie Oliver. Hyperion (115,177)
What Becomes of the Brokenhearted. E. Lynn Harris. Doubleday (#114,000)
10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace. Wayne Dyer. Hay House (111,979)
Pillsbury: Dough Magic! Clarkson Potter (111,012)
In the Company of Heroes. Michael Durant. Putnam (109,711)
The Art of Happiness at Work. His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler. Riverhead (*109,500)
Tupac Resurrection 1971—1996. Edited by Jacob Hoye and Karolyn Ali. Atria (108,728)
The Right Man. David Frum. Random House (108,333)
Why America Slept. Gerald L. Posner. Random House (105,475)
Sylvia Browne's Book of Angels. Sylvia Browne. Hay House (104,191)
The Hunt for Bin Laden. Robin Moore. Random House (103,455)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Visual Companion. Jude Fisher. Houghton Mifflin (101,916)
The Crisis of Islam. Bernard Lewis. Modern Library (100,923)
Contacting Your Spirit Guide. Sylvia Browne. Hay House (100,191)
Mayo Clinic Family Health. Mayo Clinic. HarperResource (100,000)

All books listed above were ranked only on 2003 sales.

# Sales figures were submitted to PW in confidence, for use in placing titles on the lists. Numbers shown are rounded down to indicate relationship to sales figures of other titles.

Publishers Weekly 2003 Bestsellers

1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Doubleday (3/03) #5,724,750
2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom. Hyperion (9/03) 2,901,259
3. The King of Torts by John Grisham. Doubleday (2/03) #2,323,000
4. Bleachers by John Grisham. Doubleday (9/03) #1,621,750
5. Armageddon by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Tyndale (8/03) 1,620,480
6. The Teeth of the Tiger by Tom Clancy. Putnam (8/03) 1,400,863
7. The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson. Little, Brown (11/03) 1,093,891
8. Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell. Putnam (10/03) 1,024,496
9. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Little, Brown (7/02) *902,891; total, 2,815,900
10. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks. Warner (9/03) 801,086
11. Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. Viking (10/03) 782,300
12. The Dark Tower V: The Wolves of Calla by Stephen King. Scribner (11/03) 767,000
13. Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel. Delacorte (11/03) #715,000
14. Babylon Rising by Tim LaHaye and Greg Dinallo. Bantam (10/03) #705,000
15. Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler. Putnam (11/03) 699,754
1. The Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren. Zondervan (10/02) *11,300,000
2. The South Beach Diet by Arthur Agatston, M.D. Rodale (4/03) 4,426,661
3. Atkins for Life by Robert Atkins, M.D. St. Martin's (1/03) 2,138,347
4. The Ultimate Weight Solution by Dr. Phil McGraw. Free Press (9/03) 1,900,000
5. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Simon & Schuster (6/03) **1,546,000
6. Lies: And the Lying Liars Who Tell Them... by Al Franken. Dutton (8/03) 1,030,450
7. Guinness World Records 2004 by Guinness World Records. Guinness Publishing (8/03) 950,000
8. Who's Looking Out for You? by Bill O'Reilly. Broadway (9/03) #932,750
9. Dude, Where's My Country? by Michael Moore. Warner (10/03) 806,892
10. A Royal Duty by Paul Burrell. Putnam (10/03) 691,535
11. Good to Great by Jim Collins. HarperBusiness (10/01) *587,425; total 1,255,500
12. Kate Remembered by A. Scott Berg. Putnam (7/03) 584,763
13. The Essential 55 by Ron Clark. Hyperion (5/03) 578,854
14. Treason by Ann Coulter. Crown Forum (6/03) 545,420
15. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers. Hyperion (10/03) 519,084
NOTE: Rankings are determined by sales figures provided by publishers; the numbers generally reflect reports of copies 'shipped and billed' in calendar year 2003 and publishers were instructed to adjust sales figures to include returns through February 1, 2004. Publishers did not at that time know what their total returns would be—indeed, the majority of returns occur after that cut-off date—so none of these figures should be regarded as final net sales. (Dates in parentheses indicate month and year of publication.)

*Sales figures reflect books sold only in calendar year 2003.
#Sales figures were submitted to PW in confidence, for use in placing titles on the lists. Numbers shown are rounded down to indicate relationship to sales figures of other titles.

FICTION: Who's on First?
How Publishers Weekly's bestsellers compared with the rankings in major chains, independents, wholesalers and Nielsen BookScan.

PW Rankings NBS BN B W I O H BT TC K AM.c BN.c
Sales Outlets*
1. The Da Vinci Code 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
2. The Five People You Meet... 2 2 2 2 1 5 8 3 2 3 2 2
3. The King of Torts 3 4 3 3 5 11 4 2 15 13 3 4
4. Bleachers 5 5 5 5 7 - 1 4 44 20 6 3
5. Armageddon 8 19 20 14 20 - 3 33 - - 16 20
6. The Teeth of the Tiger 6 7 6 9 29 7 7 16 - - 7 9
7. The Big Bad Wolf 7 8 8 7 13 28 15 6 - - 9 6
8. Blow Fly 9 10 10 12 17 - 10 8 - - 11 7
9. The Lovely Bones 4 3 4 6 4 4 23 40 4 9 4 5
10. The Wedding 13 13 14 10 27 - 13 - - - 18 11
11. Shepherds Abiding 16 15 15 17 3 - 19 17 - - - 14
12. The Wolves of the Calla 10 12 9 4 10 - 6 11 31 - 5 8
13. Safe Harbour 26 45 - 13 - - 24 21 - - - 42
14. Babylon Rising 78 - - - - - 17 - - - - -
15. Trojan Odyssey 19 18 16 19 22 - 14 29 5 - 31 18
*NBS Nielsen BookScan, BN Barnes & Noble, B Borders, W Waldenbooks, I Ingram, O Olssons, H Hastings, BT Baker & Taylor, TC Tattered Cover, K Kepler's, AM.C, BN.C Barnes &

NONFICTION: What's on Second?
How Publishers Weekly's bestsellers compared with the rankings in major chains, independents, wholesalers and Nielsen BookScan.

PW Rankings NBS BN B W I O H BT TC K AM.c BN.c
Sales Outlets*
1. The Purpose-Driven Life 2 2 2 3 1 47 2 3 24 - 3 3
2. The South Beach Diet 1 1 1 1 3 5 1 1 11 16 1 1
3. Atkins for Life 4 4 5 6 6 - 5 5 28 44 21 17
4. The Ultimate Weight Solution 5 6 6 4 2 - 4 8 43 - 10 11
5. Living History 3 3 3 2 4 3 3 2 3 11 9 4
6. Lies: And the Lying Liars... 6 5 4 7 9 2 7 4 1 1 4 9
7. Guinness World Records 2004 36 - - 22 - - - 28 - - - -
8. Who's Looking Out for You? 7 7 9 5 - - 6 35 - - 29 21
9. Dude, Where's My Country? 8 8 7 11 5 13 12 10 - 12 14 26
10. A Royal Duty 27 36 37 24 47 - - 32 - - - -
11. Good to Great 10 11 12 31 13 - - 11 12 30 2 2
12. Kate Remembered 13 16 13 12 7 10 20 6 32 - 36 20
13. The Essential 55 14 10 18 13 8 - 16 13 35 - 12 10
14. Treason 12 13 16 9 41 - 8 14 40 - 15 32
15. The World Accd'g to Mister Rogers 24 15 25 16 26 - - 20 21 - 42 14
*NBS Nielsen BookScan, BN Barnes & Noble, B Borders, W Waldenbooks, I Ingram, O Olssons, H Hastings, BT Baker & Taylor, TC Tattered Cover, K Kepler's, AM.C, BN.C Barnes &