Walter Isaacson’s biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs — entitled simply “Steve Jobs” — sold 379,000 copies in the US in its first week on bookshop shelves, BookScan ( US data has revealed.

The US$35 book is published by Simon & Schuster in the US. The biography is already the 18th bestselling book of the year. It sits one place ahead of John Grisham’s The Confession (Dell) and one place behind Rick Riordan’s “The Son of Neptune” (Hyperion) in the year-to-date BookScan US bestseller list.

Walter Isaacson’s 656-page biography scored the biggest week of sales for any book in the US since November last year, when Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth” (Amulet) and George W Bush’s “Decision Points” (Crown) both sold more than 430,000 copies at US booksellers in seven days.