a book that is among those having the largest sales during a given period.
any product that among those of its kind is selling particularly well at a given time:
This car was a bestseller last year.
Contemporary Examples

Aslan vs. Beinart: A Daily Beast Debate Reza Aslan, Peter Beinart January 31, 2009
What If McCain and Palin Won? Matt Latimer December 17, 2010
C.E. Morgan: ‘Light in August’ is Faulkner’s Great American Novel C.E. Morgan August 15, 2012
Al Qaeda Turns to the Church Eliza Griswold November 5, 2010
The Daily Beast Recommends The Daily Beast July 20, 2009
Pamela Paul Talks Future of New York Times Book Review Steve Kettmann April 11, 2013

Historical Examples

The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
Tales for Fifteen James Fenimore Cooper
The Civilization of Illiteracy Mihai Nadin
Mark Twain Archibald Henderson

a book, record, CD, or other product that has sold in great numbers, esp over a short period
the author of one or more such books, etc


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