The most reviewed books in Kindle Unlimited
Don’t let anybody tell you that there aren’t popular books available in
That’s Amazon’s $9.99 a month subser (“subscription service”).
Yes, you may not see the most current most popular books in the country…at least, when you are looking at the p-book (paperbook) charts.
The biggest publishers (the “Big 5”) aren’t participating…although I’ve speculated that at least one of them will this year.
That doesn’t mean, though, that there aren’t books that have been popular!
I thought I’d look at the books with the most reviews…that, I find, tends to give me the most mainstream titles.
I’ll tell you, if I had listed the top ten or twenty or even fifty and asked people what they had in common, I doubt that KU would have come to mind. 😉
If you walked into a brick-and-mortar bookstore and these titles were on the shelf, I don’t think you’d feel like you were in a post-apocalyptic world.
Sure, you might ask where the New York Times bestseller section was, and be told that the store didn’t have one (although at least one book has been in KU while it was a current NYT bestseller).
I suppose it might feel more like one of those little, non-chain bookstores…where it was more about quality and some quirkiness than being what’s happening now.
Here’s a link to
which, by the way, has 891,998 titles at the time of writing…more than ten times what the USA Kindle store had when it first opened. 😉
- The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins | 4.6 stars out of 5 | 23,323 customer reviews
- Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins | 4.3 stars | 18,767 reviews…this third book in the series most ties into the most recent movie, which, I think, explains why it beats the number two book in the series.
- Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins | 4.7 stars | 15,877
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1) by J.K. Rowling | 4.8 stars | 10,060 reviews
- Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal (Libro 1) (Spanish Edition) by J.K. Rowling | 4.8 stars | 10,060 reviews (happy to have one in a non-English language towards the top…but it seems like a bit of cheating to have the same review count. A translation is not the same as the original; it even gets a separate copyright)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Japanese Edition) by J.K. Rowling | 4.8 stars | 10,060 reviews (I will say, though, when I’ve wanted to learn a foreign language, I found two things particularly good…comic books, and the phone book ((yes, it’s been a while)) 😉 In the phone book, I would go to the Yellow Pages…those often seemed to have pretty natural language, with pictures, of fairly common items)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, Book 3) by J.K. Rowling | 4.7 stars | 9,652 reviews
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, Book 7) by J.K. Rowling | 4.7 stars | 9,652 reviews (Book 3 and Book 7 have the exact same numbers of reviews? That seems suspicious to me…and this doesn’t appear to be an omnibus edition)
- The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) by A.G. Riddle | 4.2 stars | 9,240 reviews (I’m guessing this is the first one many of you didn’t know, but it’s popular)
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien | 4.7 stars | 7,780 reviews
- The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1) by Lois Lowry | 4.3 stars | 7,772 reviews (old or new, books that get labeled as “Young Adult”, appropriately or not, have a lot of reviews here. I’m guessing that has something to do with the demographics of people who tend to write reviews on Amazon, but I don’t know)
- War Brides by Helen Bryan | 4.2 stars | 7,253 reviews (one of these things is not like the others) 😉
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, Book 5) by J.K. Rowling | 4.5 stars | 7,073 reviews
- The Lord of the Rings: One Volume by J.R.R. Tolkien | 4.7 stars | 6,780 reviews (if I was getting something from KU and could get an omnibus edition, I would tend to do that…it takes up fewer of your maximum number of borrows you have at one time)
- The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien | 4.7 stars | 6,870 reviews (see, something is rotten in the state of Amazon. 😉 The odds that an individual book would have the same of reviews (as long as it is a substantial number) as one of the books in the series seem as low as Khazad-dûm 😉
Looks like at this point, we can say that there are three series to rule them all…The Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter.
There are lot of other books in Kindle Unlimited, but these have all crossed over from serious readers to the mainstream…
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