What was the bestselling book last year, from city to city? Nielsen BookScan provided us with the sales rankings of the most popular titles in 2011—see how New York readers differ from Houston’s. No surprise that Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography topped the nonfiction list in almost every city, and The Help even took the top two spots for fiction. But there were some interesting differences: note that Bill O'Reilly's book didn't make it on the list in San Francisco, and Todd Burpo's Heaven Is For Real overtook Isaacson in Dallas, Detroit and Houston.
A note on the data and methodology: These are 10 of the largest metro areas in the U.S. All of the sales rankings for adult fiction and nonfiction were provided by Nielsen BookScan, which gathers point-of-sale book data from more than 13,000 locations across the U.S. Their data provider list includes all major booksellers, Internet retailers, and food and other non-traditional bookselling stores.