Amazon’s 2013 Bestseller List Revealed

Amazon’s 2013 Bestseller List Revealed

One of the things that’s almost as predictable as Jonathan Franzen spouting hate for the internet is the annual end-of-year lists. Now Amazon has released their list of the bestselling books for 2013 through its online stores. The results are somewhat predictable, but with a few surprises.

Dan Brown’s Inferno tops the list, followed by Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed and The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling). The surprises come after those with The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty in fourth and Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg in fifth.

A press release from Amazon notes, "Lean In is the only book on the top 20 list to sell more print copies than Kindle editions."

Another surprise lurks further down the list, with an independent book (a “New Adult Romance”) at number 14.

Damaged by H.M. Ward is the highest-selling independent book published through Kindle Direct Publishing, coming in at number 14 on the list. Earlier this month, Amazon announced that a quarter of its Kindle Direct Publishing sales comes from independent self-published authors and indie presses.

These are entirely counted by copies sold, so it does reflect the market more closely than the list of “choices” Amazon published earlier this year. While it goes some way to proving that the whims of the marketplace don’t necessarily reflect the views of the critics, there are a few that support their choices. Have you bought any of these and contributed to the list?

You can see the full list as well as lists broken down into Adult, Children’s and Kindle books, here.

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 17, 2013 - 12:16pm

James Patterson has three books on this list.  I am amazed by that guy's output.

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Benjamin Joseph from Southern U.S. is reading Knockemstiff December 18, 2013 - 5:48am

Correct me if I'm wrong, Utah, (and I very well may be as this was second hand info) but a buddy of mine who managed a book store told me that Patterson is basically a brand at this point, and that a lot of his books are written by partners and ghostwriters. This isn't to denegrate the man, but if that's true I wonder how much output the man truly generates (whatever it is, it's more than me).

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry December 18, 2013 - 2:15pm

Fair enough.  Regardless, his name is on a whole bunch of money at this point.  Excellent career management.

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Amy Kinmond December 23, 2013 - 4:07am

James Patterson often, if not most of the time, gets ghostwriters or collaborators to write the first draft under his direction, because he says he hates first drafts.  He then goes and edits and shapes it to form the book, ready for publishing.