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20.02.13 | Joshua Farrington
Life of Pi has sold 'pi' number of books, selling 3,141,593 copies in all editions.
Yann Martel’s novel is the bestselling Man Booker Prize-winner ever, with sales further boosted by the release of Ang Lee’s film adaptation in December 2012.
The book, first released by Canongate in 2002, revolves around the central character Piscine Molitor Patel, who introduces himself by demonstrating the calculation for the circumference of a circle to its diameter—3.1415929...—and refers to himself as Pi afterwards.
Martel said: “That sales figure—it’s so irrational!”
The sales figure counts all editions, including e-books and illustrated editions. The book has been sold at a price of 20p for the Kindle, and spent several weeks at the top of the Kindle charts. It is currently in the number two position.
The film has earned 11 Oscar nominations including best picture, and won one Golden Globe for best original score.