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?
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