Kindle Bestsellers (free and paid) by category

Kindle bestsellers (free and paid)…by category

People have requested before that I list the categories for freebies, and I have been doing that…but it tells me that it’s important to people. ūüôā

So, it was nice to find that Amazon lists the bestsellers (updated hourly) by category…and yes, they do show you both the top 100 free and the top 100 paid.

A couple of things before I give you the links:

  • Categories are determined by the publishers. They are often apparently done for marketing purposes, and not based on¬†the¬†intrinsic¬†qualities of the books. I’ve seen the same book listed as fiction and non-fiction, for example
  • It’s possible for a book to be driven up the paid list by being free. How? Well, one way would be if the book switched from free to pay in the previous hour. Let’s say that they update it on the even hour. At 10:30, a book switches from free to pay: the downloads during the free half hour would impact its sales ranking…and that would still be in place when it switched to paid. I think it must also be more complicated than that, since the impact sometimes seems to last for a more than a day.
  • The book availability and pricing may vary by country
  • I noticed a couple of categories where there wasn’t a free list right now…that may be because there aren’t any free books…or maybe that there aren’t 100 free titles in that category

Here, then, are links to the lists. The first two aren’t bestsellers, but are still interesting:


  • Action & Adventure
  • Children’s Fiction¬†(includes¬†Animals, Arts & Music, Historical Fiction, Literature, People & Places, Religious Fiction, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sports & Activities)
  • Comic Fiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Drama¬†(includes¬†Anthologies, British & Irish, Continental European, Eastern, Greek & Roman, Religious & Liturgical, United States)
  • Erotica
  • Fantasy¬†(includes¬†Anthologies, Arthurian, Contemporary, Epic, Historical, Series)
  • Fiction Classics
  • Genre Fiction¬†(includes¬†Action & Adventure, Anthologies, Comics & Graphic Novels, Erotica, Fairy Tales, Family Saga, Fantasy, Gay & Lesbian, Historical, Horror, Men’s Adventure, Movie Tie-Ins, Mystery & Thrillers, Political, Romance, Science Fiction, Sea Adventures, Sports, War, Westerns. Note: if the same category appears here and as its own category, getting their either way gets you to the same place)
  • Historical Fiction
  • Horror¬†(includes¬†Anthologies, Dark Fantasy, Ghosts, Occult)
  • Literary Fiction
  • Mystery & Thrillers¬†(includes¬†Mystery, Police Procedurals, Thrillers)
  • Poetry
  • Religious Fiction¬†(includes¬†Biblical, Historical, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy)
  • Romance¬†(includes¬†Anthologies, Contemporary, Fantasy, Futuristic & Ghost, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Series)
  • Science Fiction¬†(includes¬†Adventure, Anthologies, High Tech, Series)
  • Short Stories
  • World Literature¬†(includes¬†British, Eastern European, French, Italian, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Mythology, Russian, Scandinavian, United States, Untranslated)


  • Advice & How-to¬†(includes¬†Diets & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind & Body, Home Repair & Improvement, Nutrition, Parenting & Families, Self-Help)
  • Arts & Entertainment¬†(includes¬†Architecture, Art, Dance, Fashion, Graphic Design, Individual Artists, Movies & Video, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Pop Culture, Radio, Television, Theater)
  • Automotive¬†(includes¬†Classic Cars, Customize, Driver’s Education, Foreign, History, Industry, Insurance, Motorcycles, Pictorial, Repair, Trucks & Vans)
  • Biographies & Memoirs¬†(Arts & Literature, Ethnic & National, Historical, Leaders & Notable People, Memoirs, Professionals & Academics, Reference & Collections, Regional U.S., Specific Groups, Travel)
  • Business & Investing¬†(includes¬†Biographies & Primers, Business Life, Careers, Economics, Finance, Industries & Professions, International, Investing, Management & Leadership, Marketing & Sales, Personal Finance, Reference, Small Business & Entrepreneurship)
  • Children’s Nonfiction¬†(includes¬†Animals, Arts & Music, Computers, History, People & Places, Philosophy, Politics & Government, Reference, Religions, Science, Nature & How It Works, Sports & Activities)
  • Computers & Internet¬†(Databases, Graphic Design, Hardware, Microsoft, Networking, Operating Systems, Programming, Software, Systems Analysis & Design, Web Graphics, Web Marketing,¬†Web Site¬†Design)
  • Cooking, Food & Wine¬†(Baking, Canning & Preserving, Cooking by Ingredient, Culinary Arts & Techniques, Drinks & Beverages, Gastronomy, Meals, Natural Foods, Outdoor Cooking, Professional Cooking, Quick & Easy, Reference, Regional & International, Special Appliances, Special Diet, Special Occasions, Vegetables & Vegetarian)
  • Crime & Criminals¬†(includes¬†Criminology, Forensic Science, Penology)
  • Education¬†(Adult & Continuing Education, College & University, Computers & Technology, Counseling, Curricula, Education Theory, Elementary School, Funding, High School, Homeschooling, Parent Participation, Pedagogy, Policy, Preschool & Kindergarten, Reading, Reference, Special Education, Study Skills)
  • Government¬†(Civics, Congresses, Senates, & Legislative Bodies, Constitutions, Democracy, Elections, Federal Government, Legal System, Public Affairs & Administration, Public Policy, Social Policy, State & Local Government)
  • History¬†(includes¬†Africa, Americas, Ancient, Asia, Australia & Oceania, Europe, Historical Study, Middle East, Military, Military Science, Russia, United States, World)
  • Holidays
  • Law¬†(Administrative Law, Business, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Dictionaries & Terminology, Environmental & Natural Resources Law, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Family & Health Law, Intellectual Property, International Law, Law Practice, Legal Education, Media & the Law, One-L, Perspectives on Law, Practical Guides, Procedures & Litigation, Specialties, Taxation)
  • Lifestyle & Home¬†(Cooking, Food & Wine, Gay & Lesbian, Home & Garden, Parenting & Families, Poker, Puzzles & Games)
  • Literary Criticism & Theory
  • Medicine¬†(includes¬†Administration & Policy, Allied Health Professions, Alternative & Holistic, Basic Science, Dentistry, Diseases, Education & Training, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology, Physician & Patient, Reference, Reproductive Medicine & Technology, Research, Special Topics, Specialties, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Philosophy
  • Politics & Current Events¬†(includes¬†Arms Control, Civil Rights & Liberties, Disaster Relief, Freedom & Security, Globalization, Ideologies, International, Labor & Industrial Relations, Leadership, Mass Media, Political History & Theory, Political Parties, Poverty, Practical Politics, Regional Planning, Social Security, Terrorism, U.S. Politics, War & Peace)
  • Professional & Technical¬†(includes¬†Accounting & Finance, Architecture, Education, Engineering, Law, Medical, Professional Science)
  • Psychology & Counseling¬†(includes¬†Adolescent Psychology, Applied Psychology, Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Counseling, Creativity & Genius, Developmental Psychology, Education & Training, Experimental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, History, Hypnosis, Mental Illness, Neuropsychology, Occupational & Organizational, Pathologies, Personality, Physiological Aspects, Psychoanalysis,¬†Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, TA & NLP, Reference, Research, Sexuality, Social Psychology & Interactions, Statistics, Suicide, Testing & Measurement)
  • Reference¬†(includes Almanacs & Yearbooks, Atlases & Maps, Business Skills, Catalogs & Directories, Consumer Guides, Dictionaries & Thesauruses, Education, Encyclopedias, Etiquette, Foreign Languages, Fun Facts, Genealogy, Medical Reference, Publishing & Books, Quotations, Study Guides, Test Prep, Words & Language, Writing)
  • Religion & Spirituality¬†(includes¬†Bible & Other Sacred Texts, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, New Age, Occult, Other Eastern Religions, Other Practices, Religious Studies, Spirituality)
  • Science¬†(includes¬†Agricultural Sciences, Astronomy, Behavioral Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Education, Environment, Essays & Commentary, Experiments, Instruments & Measurement, Genetics, History & Philosophy, Mathematics, Medicine, Nature & Ecology, Physics, Reference, Technology)
  • Social Sciences
  • Sports¬†(includes¬†Baseball, Basketball, Biographies, Coaching, Extreme Sports, Football (American), Golf, Hockey, Individual Sports, Miscellaneous, Mountaineering, Other Team Sports, Outdoors & Nature, Poker, Racket Sports, Rodeos, Soccer, Softball, Training, Water Sports, Winter Sports)
  • Transportation¬†(includes¬†Aviation, Mass Transit, Railroads, Reference, Ships)
  • Travel¬†(includes¬†Africa, Asia, Canada, Caribbean, Essays & Travelogues, Europe, Food & Lodging, Guidebook Series, Latin America, Middle East, Reference, Specialty Travel, United States)
  • True Accounts¬†(includes¬†Espionage, Murder & Mayhem, True Crime)
  • Urban Planning & Development
  • Women’s Studies¬†(includes¬†Feminist Theory, History, Women Writers)

I’m also going to make this a page at the¬†blogsite, to make it easy to find later. That way, if you want to see what’s happening in your favorite categories, you can.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.


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