Top ten Kindle USA bestsellers average under $5
I like to look at the USA Kindle store bestsellers from time to time, and do some analysis.
Note that these are not the New York Times bestsellers: that’s a very different list, tending to be mostly books from the Big 5 publishers. That’s partially because that list is heavily influenced by p-book (paperbook) sales, and the Big 5 still strongly dominate that format.
The first thing that struck my eye tonight is that they are inexpensive!
The average price is $4.10…and only one of them is over $5.
|Miramont’s Ghost (K1)||4.99||Amazon||NY||Yes||Yes||Yes||NY||3.8||168|
|Flirting with Felicity (K1)||4.99||Amazon||NY||Yes||Yes||No||NY||3.7||124|
|Everything Burns (K1)||4.99||Amazon||NY||Yes||Yes||Yes||NY||3.9||71|
|Heart Collector (K1)||4.99||Amazon||NY||Yes||Yes||No||No||3.9||36|
|Big Little Lies||3.99||Penguin||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||4.6||4856|
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||1.99||Random||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||4.5||3615|
The next thing is that the top three are all Kindle First books.
Eligible Prime members can get two (instead of the regular one) of those books for free this time…and this month, non-Prime members can buy one at a reduced price.
The fifth book is also a Kindle First book.
Their price of $4.99 puts them above the average of the ones in this group.
Another major impact is that they haven’t been officially released yet…that doesn’t happen until February 1st.
That means they can’t be part of Kindle Unlimited (KU), and it looks to me like you can’t loan them yet, either.
The KU thing will almost definitely change with publication.
That’s why I’ve added a designation of “NY” to indicate “Not Yet”. 🙂
If we count those as yeses, 70% of these top ten have not blocked TTS: I’d like that to be ten out of ten, but this is still pretty good.
Interesting that the Word Wise features, which shows definitions of “difficult words” in situ, isn’t enabled on half of the Kindle 1sts (K1s in the above listing). I’m guessing it will be after they are published.
Generally, more reviews meant a higher average. It makes sense to me that older titles on this list have more reviews, and that they are generally well-reviewed. For an older book to be at the very top of the lists, I think they will tend to have had good reviews. If they didn’t, they couldn’t be competing with the super power of “novelty”. 😉
American Sniper and Unbroken are probably being helped by their movie versions. At this point, that benefits the tradpubs (traditional publishers): that’s who gets the licensing for a movie edition, usually.
Anyway, it’s great that you could buy the top ten best-selling Kindle store books at Amazon with fifty dollars…and still have money left over. 😉
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