The top three books in the USA Kindle store are all…

The top three books in the USA Kindle store are all…

…in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.

With the new movie scheduled to open March 21st in the USA, it may not be a surprise to see these doing well…but this is really well!

Perhaps they should have called the series “Ascendant”. 😉

There is no question that movies can fuel book sales…even when a movie flops, the sales of the book on which it was based may increase. After all, you have to please a lot more people to have a movie succeed than you have to please to have a book succeed. A million admissions to a movie would be a serious failure for a typical Hollywood production: a million copies/licenses of a book sold would be a huge success.

I am impressed with this, though.

It’s not just the movie…their have been some notable box office disappointments in movies based on young adult books recently (Vampire Academy, The Host, Beautiful Creatures…).

They have good reviews, although as is not uncommon with series, the first one has better reviews than the last.

The publisher has not blocked text-to-speech access on them, although I haven’t really been able to demonstrate that it helps sales all that much.

The prices are good: you could buy all three of them (as e-books) for under $20 combined, which oddly is significantly lower than buying the three of them in one volume. Well, maybe it isn’t that odd: since the Agency Model ended, there are probably price wars going on with this.

These are the three:

Divergent (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
$4.99 at time of writing
4.6 out of 5 stars, with a very high 10,825 customer reviews (the first Harry Potter has 8,348, for comparison’s sake)

Insurgent (at AmazonSmile)
4.6 stars, 6,569 reviews

Allegiant (at AmazonSmile)
3.2 stars, 8,123 reviews

Why the big drop off in ratings for that third book?

I don’t want to see spoilers, so I’ll speculate generally:

  • Some people just don’t like to see a series end. 😉
  • The author did something in that book that fans didn’t like…that happens. It’s often legitimate to the story, but not how readers (especially young adults) might have wanted it to go
  • It isn’t written as well…that seems unlikely to me in most cases where (as I would guess is the case here) the books were planned at the same time

Just thought their leadership of the USA Kindles store bestseller list was interesting…

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

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