Sudoku in the Best Seller lists

The Sudoku craze is filling the best seller lists with Sudoku-related books.

‘I can’t think of a puzzle book that has sold like this,’ said Ethan Friedman, who edits The New York Times crossword puzzle books for St Martin’s/Griffin Press, including two volumes of sudoku with introductions by Times crossword guru Will Shortz.
‘This is a publishing phenomenon,’ said Friedman. In all, nine sudoku books are planned.

Nielsen BookScan, which lists 10 sudoku titles, estimates that they sold a combined 40 000 copies in the US last week. The only books that sold more were JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures They Don’t Want You to Know About.

Three weeks ago, no sudoku books were on USA Today’s top 150 list. Now, there are six. “

“It could flame out, but based on everything I’ve been able to discern so far, sudoku is a keeper,” Barnes and Noble company president Esther Margolis said. “It’s the kind of puzzle that seems to be so intriguing and satisfies such a wide age range.”

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