12 of the 20 USA Kindle store paid bestsellers are in Kindle Unlimited

12 of the 20 USA Kindle store paid bestsellers are in Kindle Unlimited

It feels to me like

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

keeps becoming more and more valuable.

I’ve been a happy member of KU since it started. It’s a subser (a subscription service)…you pay $9.99 a month, although we have been able to buy longer periods at a discount (expect to see some deals on this, at least for Prime members, during this holiday season).

There are 1,144,062 books in the program right now, and it keeps growing.

Certainly, those aren’t the “top tier” books, for the  most part…relatively expensive, new titles from the Big Five USA trade publishers.

However, there are a lot of popular books (and solid backlist titles).

I was looking at the

Best Sellers in Kindle eBooks (at AmazonSmile*)

and was surprised to see that fourteen of the top twenty are in KU.

My first thought was that they might books in the

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

but certainly, that didn’t really account for fourteen. 😉

This one caught my eye (at number 3):

Learn JavaScript VISUALLY
by Ivelin Demirov

It’s in KU, or it’s $0.99. 4.6  stars out of 5, and 263 customer reviews…nice!

Let’s take a quick look a that top 20:

Title KU? Price
The Short Drop No $5.99
Pretend You’re Mine Yes $0.99
Learn JavaScript VISUALLY Yes $0.99
Mechanic Yes $0.99
Rogue Lawyer No $14.99
Roommates Yes $1.99
The Crossing No $14.99
The Einstein Prophecy Yes $1.99
The Bad Buy Arrangement Yes $0.99
Christmas in Good Hope No $5.99
Arrogant Playboy Yes $0.99
Prince Albert Yes $0.99
Life and Other Near-Death Experiences Yes $5.99
Troublemaker No $13.99
Undercover Love Yes $2.99
Bear fur Hire Yes $0.99
The Good Neighbor Yes $4.99
Mine to Tell Yes $3.99
Call Me Killer Yes $0.99
Clara’s Law No $1.99

Update: I wanted to comment more on these figures.

I’ve been writing recently about three tiers of readers, and I plan to do a separate post on that…but I think this top twenty is illustrative of the hypothesis.

Three out of twenty of these books cost more than $10, and would clearly appeal to what I call the top tier of readers.

I want to be very clear: I’m not saying those are better readers, or even the more important readers in terms of the market. 🙂 It’s really a question of price strata and quantity of purchases.

The other seventeen of these would fall into the second tier: people who spend some money for books, but are willing to buy from less traditional publishers, and to wait for other books to go on sale.

What about the third tier?

Those are the ones who almost never pay for books…and they have their own bestseller list at Amazon:

Top 100 Free Best Sellers (at AmazonSmile*)

Some of those books, by the way, are highly rated. For example, Rebel by Elle Casey has 4.5 stars and 371 customer reviews.

More on these three tiers in an upcoming 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! :) 

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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