Dark suspense takes the spotlight in Kobo’s Canada ebook best-sellers of 2017

The continuing popular trend of dark suspense thrillers dominated the list of best-selling ebooks for Kobo last year in its home market of Canada.

Former indie ebook publisher Bookouture, which was taken over by Hachette last year, had two titles in Kobo’s Top 10 best-sellers of 2017 and also had another book in the Top 10 with the longest average reading session while Canadian indie publisher ECW Press took second place in that category with The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker.

The annual Kobo Book Report for last year reveals that the most popular time for reading is during the morning and evening commute and into the evening hours. Canada’s biggest reading day — when the most people were reading — was June 30, just ahead of the 150th Canada Day

Canada’s Top 10 best-selling titles in 2017

  1. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  3. The Silent Wife by Kerry Fisher
  4. Origin by Dan Brown
  5. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  6. The Girl Before by J P Delaney
  7. The Fix by David Baldacci
  8. Lion by Saroo Brierley
  9. Behind Closed Doors by B A Paris
  10. Blink by K L Slater (Bookouture)

Top 10 Most Read books — the books that actually got finished

  1. Secrets in Death by J D Robb
  2. The Right Time by Danielle Steel
  3. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  4. Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
  5. The Late Show by Michael Connelly
  6. Use of Force by Brad Thor
  7. When the Music’s Over by Peter Robinson
  8. Glass Houses by Louise Penny
  9. Rituals by Kelley Armstrong
  10. Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

The Top 10 gripping novels with the longest average reading sessions

  1. The Girl With No Name by Diney Costeloe
  2. The Clay Girl by Heather Tucker (Canadian author and a 2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize finalist, published by Canadian indie publisher ECW Press)
  3. The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter
  4. Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
  5. Remains of Innocence by J A Jance
  6. The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe
  7. Little Girl Lost by Carol Wyer (Bookouture)
  8. Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
  9. A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
  10. Unspoken by Lisa Jackson

Apart from The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, there is very little crossover between Kob’s Canadian Top 10 best-selling titles and Amazon.com’s Kindle best-sellers at the end of last year. Kobo’s best-sellers are largely from traditional Big 5 publishers while the Kindle top spots have been taken by titles from the various Amazon Publishing imprints.

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