Amazon Charts: 2017 This Year in Books

Amazon Charts: 2017 This Year in Books

Note: this post was originally mistakenly posted in my The Measured Circle blog. I wanted to make sure my readers here got to see it.

This is another great example of something which has happened “Because of the Kindle” (I’m writing a book by that name…you can still share your opinions for possible inclusion): Amazon has much better analysis of what readers are actually, you know, reading. 😉

While undeniably, some people find this creepy, your Kindle can save how far you are in a book. By looking at that in the aggregate (not how much did so-and-so read how quickly, but the whole group of people), Amazon can give us an accurate sense of what people read as opposed to what they buy (“bestsellers”).

There are a number of reasons why that information is interesting. It doesn’t just have to do with people buying books they never read: I would say more importantly is what people re-read.

Many people re-read books…a lot. It may also be current events (both in their lives and more globally) that make them want to re-visit a book.

We can see that in this new “article” from Amazon:

Amazon Charts: 2017 This Year in Books (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

The top ten most read books are really dominated by the “backlist”, not recently published…some are decades old. #1 is The Handmaid’s Tale and #2 is Stephen King’s It (both driven by media adaptations). “A Game of Thrones” (that’s the title on the cover) is on the top ten…as are four Harry Potter books. Origin by Dan Brown is a recent title…at #9.

I’m guessing that the Harry Potter books and It are being heavily re-read, as opposed to first time readers.

They also give us a breakdown by area of the United States (states/territories). There are some fascinating data there, although it’s a little unclear to me as to when they are measuring reading and when they are measuring sales. I’ll point out that Utah was one of the Top 10 Reading Spots (Kindle reads per capita, it looks like)…but was one of only four where The Handmaid’s Tale wasn’t the top seller (Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer ((at AmazonSmile*)) beat it out there…but Sanderson does have a Utah connection. The book was also a NYT bestseller, and one of the fastest read, according to another section of this article). Two of the other locations where Margaret Atw0od’s book doesn’t top the list are Guam and Puerto Rico. I think what I available through Hulu is different in those territories (not individual programs, but types of services), so that might affect adoption of the app there.

There is a lot more information on that page! I may expand this later…it’s definitely worth checking out!

Let me and my readers know what stands out to you by commenting on this post!

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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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8 Responses to “Amazon Charts: 2017 This Year in Books”

  1. Phink Says:

    I thought it was strange that you decided to post it there instead of the ILMK blog but brushed it off without much thought thinking “he must have his reasons” and gave it no more thought.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Well, I appreciate the confidence, and I do some things that might seem strange…but this was just an error. 😉

  2. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Well, that was interesting. In all the books listed, there were none that I had read. There were a couple that are in my “To Be Read” collection that I haven’t got to yet. Clearly, Florida (where I live) is not a “reading place”. Although I’ve tried to do my part: according to Goodreads (as of today), I’ve read 245 books in 2017 against my challenge of 225 (I expected to be less sedentary this year 😦 ). I’ll easily break 250 before the year is done.

    Speaking of backlists, I just finished rereading “To Kill a Mockingbird” which I initially read more than 55 years ago when it first came out. About a year ago I resaw the movie — it is remarkably faithful to the book. Many years after the book was published, my parents lived for a few years in Monroeville Alabama where Harper Lee lived, where many of the events took place. The movie was filmed there. When I first visited my parents there (and I knew nothing of the TKAM connection) I was driving around the square to my parents’ house, and I was thinking this could be a carbon copy of Maycomb from TKAM (hah)…

    Reading the book now after I had visited Monroeville several times, there were several passages that resonated from the experience of having been there. Reference to the Alabama River along which my father built a large paper mill to references to “shinny” which is the local term for moonshine (:grin).

    It is just as powerful for me today as it was all those years ago — I gave it a five-star rating.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Your experience with the town is cool! It says something about the power of Harper Lee that you could recognize the town (or at least have it resonate) many years later.

      I reread TKAM not too long ago…when I read Go Set a Watchman.

      I’m impressed with how many books you read! There was a time when I read that many…I don’t get as much read any more. One of the few things I can’t do while I read is…write. 🙂 I spend a lot of time writing…

  3. Lady Galaxy Says:

    When I clicked on the link, I got the opportunity to enter a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite. All I had to do was subscribe to the newsletter.

    I’ve read half of the top ten books, but the only one I read this year was “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

    I sometimes wonder if the way I read books is compatible with the Kindle’s ability to keep track of pages. For the most recent book, I read the first 10 chapters, then jumped to the next to last chapter, which was 24. I read that and 25. Then I went back and read 23, 22, 21, 20 all the way back to where I made the jump. It was a KU borrow, so I hope the author got full credit because I did read the whole book.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      Oh, yeah, I meant to mention the Paperwhite giveaway! Thanks for adding it in a comment.

      My understanding is that the author gets credit when you’ve read something like 10% of the book. My guess is that it is smart enough to understand that it doesn’t have to be the first ten percent…I remember them suggesting that you could just skip ahead and read one page in the middle of the book and give them full credit.

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