Bestsellers: Genre Check September 2009

Ever wonder what people are reading on their Kindles?

Well, I decided to take a look. 

Don’t worry, I wasn’t looking over your shoulder or hacking the Whispernet.  :)

I took a look at the fifty top bestsellers in the Kindle store.  Well, not exactly: I did set the minimum price at a penny.

There’s actually quite a bit of controversy about including or excluding free books on the bestseller list.   There are people, especially independent authors, who think that a free book isn’t sold (but basically given away), so it shouldn’t take spots away from a book for which people actually pay something.

Part of the controversy is that independent authors and small publishers who use Amazon’s Digital Text Platform (DTP) can’t set their prices at zero.  But, more on the differences in another post.  :)

Bestseller Genres

Bestseller Genres

The most popular genre by far is the classics, with 44% of the top fifty.

It’s possible that percentage will reduce in the future.  There are eighteen versions of Pride and Prejudice in the top fifty. 

There are also three versions of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.

Both of those are also available free, but people are paying for all these “different versions”.  I say “different” in quotation marks, because it’s possible some of these are exactly the same.

 

Next, there is a set of genres with 8 percent each:

Thrillers, Literary Fiction, and Politics & Current Events. 

The next group is Children’s Books, with six percent.   I’m not quite sure I would classify the Twilight series as “children’s chapter books”.  That seemed like the best category, looking at my options (out of the ones listed at Amazon).  A lot of science fiction and fantasy used to be called children’s fiction…looks like that might still be true.

The four percenters are Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Memoirs.

Everybody else is two percent: Religion & Spirituality, Religious Fiction, Relationships, Business & Investing, Sports, Humor, & Science.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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