Amazon Publishing imprints took eight of the top 20 spots in the Kindle Best-sellers’ list of 2016 and currently accounts for eight of the top 10 places in the best-selling list for 2017 so far.
Three further titles in the Top 20 of 2016 were either indie-published or self-published (I’m counting JK Rowling’s Pottermore as an indie here).
The 2016 Kindle ebook Top 10 Best Sellers are:
1: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
2: The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza (Indie publisher Bookouture)
3: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling (‘Indie’ publisher Pottermore)
4: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
5: Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star (Amazon’s Lake Union)
6: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
7: Walk Into Silence by Susan McBride (Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer)
8: A Man Called Ove by Frederik Backman
9: The Whistler by John Grisham
10: Follow You Home by Mark Edwards (Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer)
UK indie publisher Bookouture had a massive success in 2016 with The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza taking second place, beating the Kindle ebook of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and only behind Paula Hawkins’ runaway blockbuster The Girl on the Train.
I’ve been reporting regularly for some time now on how Amazon Publishing imprints have been building up momentum and they’ve got off to a flying start in 2017 with the first eight of the top 10 places in the best-sellers’ list of the year so far (admittedly only a week or so in).
Amazon’s domination of the Kindle Top 10 is halted only by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in ninth and the book of the surprise smash hit film Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shatterly in 10th.
Many of the Amazon Publishing ebooks in the 2017 list are pre-orders which have yet to be released.