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HP6: Best selling awards. PHOTO: SATISH H

HP6: Best selling awards. PHOTO: SATISH H  

In about two weeks, J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had sold more than twice the number of copies other books had in one year. Its total of 63,97,000 fetched it the "Best Seller Award" for the top selling book in the U.S. Next in line was Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code with a tally of 22,61,000 copies.

The award, presented for the first time this year, was based on book sales in a year up to August 1, 2005. HP6 was released on July 16. The basis for judging was only consumer sales. There were awards in about 100 categories. Dan Brown's books obviously were popular with the readers despite carping critics since The Da Vinci Code picked up the "Best Seller" in the adult fiction category and the earlier Angels and Demons was judged the best-selling mass market paperback. Other winners included America (the Book) a spoof on textbooks (15,44,000 copies) in the adult non-fiction category; Rick Warren's The Purpose-Driven Life (13,29,000 copies) in the adult religion category and Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner as the best-selling debut.

Compiled by R. KRITHIKA

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