Amazon’s bestselling books of 2014

Amazon’s bestselling books of 2014

In this

press release

Amazon announces their

Customer Favorites: 2014’s Top-Selling New Releases (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Actually, while they call it the “bestselling” list, they also include information about “most wished for” (added to Amazon wishlists) and “most gifted”…both interesting.

I would guess the “most gifted” may be the most inaccurate: how many people actually indicate a p-book (paperbook) is a gift when they buy it? With e-books, you can send a book to someone as a gift, so that’s more obvious…unless the person is on your account, in which case, it may just look like you are buying it.

Some interesting points from the press release:

  • Over half of the books on the lists are from series
  • “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is the only book in the top 20 to sell more print copies than Kindle copies”…think about that one. There has been an argument that people want to give p-books to children as gifts, rather than e-books. Part of that has to do, I think, with a…presumption that p-books make kids more scholarly than e-books (since the latter are read on a dreaded “screen). I think it’s partially also nostalgia: adults remember being given p-books as kids, and may still own them decades later (or have passed them on to their kids). That will change: in time, adults will remember having been given e-books as children…and will share them with their kids through the account
  • “The best-selling book by a debut author in 2014 was The Martian by Andy Weir”…yep, science fiction, and originally self-published (but then picked up by a tradpub…traditional publisher)
  • The Julian Chapter: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio and The Staff of Serapis made the list with Kindle-only books”…another amazing fact. Remember that ten years ago there were no Kindle books. Initially, many of the Kindle store books were converted from p-books, followed by simultaneous releases. For a bestseller to never have been a p-book is a real evolutionary change!

Standing out for me in the top 100 Kindle store books (only paid, by the way…they don’t free in these lists) is

#3: The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You (at AmazonSmile*) by Laurelin Paige

This is a self-published book…actually, an omnibus of three books in a series.

It has 4.6 out of 5 stars, with 4,836 customer reviews.

Text-to-speech enabled, lending enabled, has X-Ray, and has Word Wise.

It’s also available through Kindle Unlimited, where members can read it at no additional cost.

What is the price on it?


Now, this is #3 on the Kindle list, so it wasn’t included in those above that didn’t have print editions…but it doesn’t.

Congratulations to Laurelin Paige for showing that you don’t need the traditional system to be a success!

I’m not opposed to tradpubbing…it certainly has its benefits. I just like people to have options…that results in more books, and that’s a good thing. 🙂

Here is Amazon’s top 20 (they say, “List counts only first editions published in 2014 and includes paid units in print and Kindle.”)

  1. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  4. 20 Seconds Ago by Lee Child
  5. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  6. The Target by David Baldacci
  7. The Fixed Trilogy by Laurelin Paige
  8. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  9. Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich (I’ve read this one)
  10. Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
  11. WMC 13 by James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
  12. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
  13. Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts
  14. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  15. Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
  16. Field of Prey by John Sanford
  17. Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  19. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  20. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

These are mostly “People Magazine books” (that’s what I call the mainstream…books likely to be reviewed in that publication, with a lot of brand name authors. I might have expected more young adult books, and it’s intriguing to see Nora Roberts so well represented with this type of genre series.

Bonus deal:

Amazon is continuing their 12 Days of Deals in Kindle Books” at the

Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

page. For Day 2, we have a really important book in the “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime”:

Silent Spring (at AmazonSmile*) by Rachel Carson.

This 1962 non-fiction book was a major influence on creating an environmental movement in the USA. It’s $1.99 to buy today…and it is part of Kindle Unlimited.

Their Best Books of 2014 selection for today is

Those Who Wish Me Dead (at AmazonSmile*) by Michael Koryta

It’s $2.99 today.

I would consider both for gifts…remember that you can delay the delivery date until the appropriate one, and if your recipient already has the book, they can get a store credit instead.

These would both make good small gifts, if you like…if you put a bunch of small gifts together, haven’t you spent $1.99 on something that might have less of an impact and be less appreciated than The Silent Spring? I have. 🙂

You can choose “Give as a Gift” and then have it e-mailed to you, print it out, and include it with the other gifts.

What do you think? Any surprises for you on Amazon’s lists? What were your favorite books published this year? Feel free to tell me and my readers what you think by commenting on this post.

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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.


2 Responses to “Amazon’s bestselling books of 2014”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I always indicate a book is a gift if it’s a book that I wouldn’t care to read myself. That helps “betterize” the recommendations I get from Amazon.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      I hadn’t thought of that! Maybe I’ll have to start marking them as gifts…although there aren’t any I wouldn’t care to read. 🙂

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