Flash! Odd Odyssey Categories
I’ve written a couple of times recently about the new Odyssey Edition e-book exclusives in the Amazon store.
I thought I’d take a look at their ranks in the Kindle store…see how well they are selling already.
In doing that, I also looked at their categories. Those categories are normally set by the publisher: they certainly are in the independently-published Digital Text Platform books, but I believe it goes for traditionally-published books as well.
That showed me some odd choices!
Categories are chosen for sales, certainly. I’ve seen the same books in both fiction and non-fiction categories, for example. Is that how Andrew Wylie is making the choices? Maybe…but would you have put Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man under Men’s Adventure in Genre Fiction? I never would have done that in the bookstore I managed!
London Fields by Martin Amis (sales rank: #2359 of paid books in the Kindle store: Category: Contemporary Fiction)
The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow (#1940/Thrillers-Psychological Suspense, Contemporary Fiction)
Ficciones (in Spanish) by Jorge Luis Borges (3927/Contemporary Fiction)
Junky by William S. Burroughs (6712/Contemporary Fiction, Classics)
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1021/Genre Fiction – Men’s Adventure)
Love Medicine by Louse Erdrich (not ranked…pre-order/Contemporary Fiction)
The Enigma of Arrival by V.S. Naipaul (6746/Contemporary Fiction)
The White Castle by Orham Pamuk (12874/Contemporary Fiction)
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (863/Contemporary Fiction)
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks (2684/Psychology & Counseling, Contemporary Fiction)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson (818/Biographies & Memoirs – Arts & Literature – Authors, Contemporary Fiction)
Rabbit Redux by John Updike (5297/Genre Fiction – Family Saga, Mystery & Thrillers – Thrillers – Psychological & Suspense, Contemporary Fiction)
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike (4841/Genre Fiction – Family Saga, Mystery & Thrillers – Thrillers – Psychological & Suspense, Contemporary Fiction)
Rabbit is Rich by John Updike (4645/Genre Fiction – Family Saga, Mystery & Thrillers – Thrillers – Psychological & Suspense, Contemporary Fiction)
Rabbit, Run by John Updike (1053/Contemporary Fiction)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1803/Contemporary Fiction)
So, it’s probably worth noting that I didn’t list every category…for example, I didn’t list Literature & Fiction each time). Rabbit, Run isn’t a thriller, but the others are? Junky is a classic…and Brideshead Revisited isn’t?
I’m still struck by Invisible Man being in the same category as Dirk Pitt and Remo Williams…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.