Bob Dylan book sales soar after Nobel Prize announcement


Sales of Bob Dylan's books have soared after he became the first musician to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

The 75-year-old was given the prestigious accolade for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Bob's memoir Chronicles: Volume One and a bound compilation, The Lyrics: 1961-2012, were among two of's fastest sellers on Thursday.

Bob Dylan (Chris Pizzello/AP)
(Chris Pizzello/AP)

His book of lyrics jumped from number 73,543 on Amazon's best-seller list to 209. Over the same 24-hour period, Chronicles soared from number 15,690 to 278 and was out of stock by the end of the day.

Bob's albums also received a boost as Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits and Blonde on Blonde were in the top 25 for CDs and vinyl on the US charts by Thursday night.

Bob Dylan

Bob, whose songs include Blowin' In The Wind and The Times They Are A-Changin', is the first American to win the literature prize since Beloved author Toni Morrison in 1993.

The six Nobel prizes will be handed out at a ceremony on December 10, which will mark the 120th anniversary of the death of the founder of the prize, Alfred Nobel, in 1896.