None of the top 20 bestselling USA Kindle store books are from the Big 5
In my The Year in E-Books 2015, and other places, I’ve noted that Amazon is putting a lot of effort into having less dependence on the Big 5 tradpubs (traditional publishers): Hachette; Macmillan; Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; and Penguin Random House.
Well, at least in the USA Kindle store, they appear to be achieving it.
I just checked the
and none of the top 10 were from the Big 5!
Here’s the detail on the top ten:
|1||The Moonlit Garden||$5.99||Amazon||Yes||Not Yet||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||4.2||26|
|2||Fields of Wrath||$5.99||Amazon||Yes||Not Yet||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||4.7||18|
|3||Harmony Black||$5.99||Amazon||Yes||Not Yet||Yes||No||Yes||No||No||4.7||47|
|5||The Short Drop||$5.99||Amazon||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||4.7||2,605|
|6||Becoming Marta||$5.99||Amazon||Yes||Not Yet||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||3.6||18|
|7||A Shade of Vampire||$0.99||Indie||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||4.3||5,225|
|9||Captain Riley||$5.99||Amazon||Yes||Not Yet||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||4.4||10|
|10||The Girl with No Past||$2.99||Indie||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||3.9||434|
#12 is from Penguin Random House…but it’s also worth noting that it is priced at $1.99.
In fact, I didn’t hit a book that was over $9.99 until #21 (The Girl on the Train).
So many of these books were in
or will be (the Kindle 1st books, published by Amazon, can’t be in KU until they are published on February 1st), that I thought they had to be counting borrows in calculating this.
My guess is that being in KU might reduce sales…would you be just as likely to buy a buy a book that you can borrow as one that you can’t?
However, it could conceivably go the other way: people read or sample a book as part of KU, and then buy it for themselves or someone else.
I’m not seeing anything that indicates that KU is part of calculating sales…although I’m not seeing anything that clearly excludes it.
Text-to-speech is available on all of the books (yay!), but oddly, I didn’t see that any of them were Whispersync for Voice enabled, and that’s usually quite high. Maybe they’ve just changed the display of that information, and I’m not seeing it.
Pretty simply, based on the top sellers, Amazon really doesn’t need the Big 5…at least for Kindle formats. That’s a very small sample, though.
I serendipitously bumped into two things while writing this post.
One was this
Supposedly, you put in the sales rank number, and it tells you about how many books (really licenses) a day are being sold.
I don’t know how accurate it is, but it was intriguing.
I’m surprised I didn’t know that site. I’ll have to read through it, but it looks interesting. The first blog post looks like it was in February of last year.
It appears to be centered around how authors can make more money through Kindle editions…and looks professionally designed, with actual numbers for some stats. I’ll give you a fuller report when I’ve had time to assess it.
The second thing was
According to Amazon, this is based on “…adding up the number of books sold, borrows from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and the number of books read in Kindle Unlimited.”
It’s even searchable here:
ILMK has the
but more resources are good.🙂
I used my personal Kindle Unlimited wish list to pick a book this morning…I’m reading The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis (inspiration for the David Bowie movie).
I think KU is going to be of increasing importance, and the Big 5 are doing to need to figure out what to do about that: either join it or really ramp up D2C (Direct to Customer) efforts…
There could be a seasonal impact here: people might have bought tradpubs more during the holiday season and when they were spending gift certificates. The beginning of the month probably also benefits Kindle 1st books.
Regardless, my feeling is this is making the selections more customer-friendly…
What do you think? Feel free to tell me and my readers by commenting on this post.
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