Young Adult books dominate 2014
There used to be a lot of concern expressed that young people didn’t read as, say, Baby Boomers did.
Well, it certainly seems like that has turned around!
Amazon lists the
The top tier of that list is dominated by Young Adult books.
Of course, a reasonable argument could be made that maybe it is boomers who are reading these books, and not really young people.
My guess is that it is both…but that young people really are reading more than they did ten years ago.
In part, I credit e-books with that.
One thing is the convenience, sure. Young people are probably more comfortable reading on phones (although the phone screens are getting bigger).
I think another thing may be the way that you don’t have to broadcast what you are reading…or even that you are reading.
I don’t think I ever hid what I read…but I took some teasing for all the reading I did (it was certainly worth it). 😉
With a tablet or a phone, you could be doing something more “socially acceptable”, and no one would know.
I would hope that, perhaps, reading itself is becoming more socially acceptable in tweens and teens…and again, that would be my guess.
Anecdotally, I see young people referencing books.
It may not hurt that a lot of the Young Adult books are also being made into movies, but I don’t think that’s all of it.
Books may sometimes give the island of solitude to which “always connected” people may want to vacation…even if it’s a brief stopover. 😉
Here are the top 20:
|1||The Fault in Our Stars||Green||Y||31,153||4.7||Y|
|6||The Husband’s Secret||Moriarty||N||11,679||4.3||N|
|8||If I Stay||Forman||Y||3,439||4.2||Y|
|10||The Fixed Trilogy||Paige||N||4,157||4.6||N|
|11||The Divergent Series||Roth||Y||4,598||4.3||Y|
|14||The Rosie Project||Simsion||N||5,426||4.5||N|
|16||Top Secret Twenty-One||Evanovich||N||2,824||4.3||N|
|17||The Book Thief||Zusak||Y||14,016||4.6||Y|
|19||The Maze Runner||Dashner||Y||3,932||4.3||Y|
|20||The Invention of Wings||Kidd||N||6,332||4.6||N|
Eight of the top twenty are Young Adult (as I interpret the publisher’s classifications which appear on the book’s Amaozn product page).
That’s not the majority…but Amazon lists 78,844 teen and Young Adult books out of 2,864,659 total at time of writing. That’s only about three percent of the total, so if there was an even distribution, we would expect Young Adult books to be maybe one of the top twenty.
When we look at the rankings, it’s even more obvious. Lower is better when it comes to rankings (being #1 is better than being #20), and the YA titles have an average of 8.4 while the non-YAs have an average of 12.
Let’s say we cut it down to just the top five. In that case, four out of five are YA.
I think that we’ll see a significant change in Kindle bestseller rankings next year, thanks to
My guess is that KU (Amazon’s subser…subscription service) is going to noticeably change the market share for Kindle store bestsellers. Maybe not the New York Times bestseller lists (where physical books will still have the biggest impact), but USA Kindle store? Yes, I think that’s likely.
What do you think? Are young people reading more? Could it be that the relative numbers have shifted because older people are perhaps reading less? If we took away the impact of movies on e-b0ok sales, would that cause a big shift? Do you cross the classification boundaries to read Young Adult books when you don’t fall into that demographic? Feel free to let me and my readers know what you think by commenting on this post.
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