AMAZON TOP 10 BESTSELLERS: OCTOBER 2014
Bestseller is a book or other product that sells in very large numbers
This is the Oxford dictionary’s definition for one of the most used words in publishing business.
I’ve got an idea to present the ranks of the most popular novels in Amazon, via their kindle classification. Every first day of the month a resume of Top 10 books for the previous one will be posted on my blog.
As you know the Amazon’s system of ranking is kept in secret just like Coca-Cola’s formula. I will try to solve the secret, so will take a Top 10 from each week during the month and to make a classification from these 4 weeks.
Robert Dugoni’s My Sister’s Grave is
#1 on week 1
#3 on week 2
#1 on week 3
#5 on week 4
It makes a total of 10 points (the total of each weekly classification)
John Grisham’s Gray Mountain is
#2 on week 1
#2 on week 2
#3 on week 3
#6 on week 4
the novel will collect 12 points.
The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning is
#3 on week 1
#4 on week 2
#2 on week 3
#2 on week 4
It makes 11 points
The first ever classification will be a test one. There will not be a count of points. I will use my personal view of what happened during the month of October in the Top 10 classification.
1. My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni.
This is the absolute hit for the month. The official release of the novel was set for November 1. The per-release was a huge success and topped the Amazon ranks for entire month. The story gathered superb feedback – 1100 reviews with av. 4.5 stars.
Personally I am very happy for Robert, because he is really kind guy, who has really interesting translation from lawyer to writer. You may read more about the book in author interview for my blog.
2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
The next production by the legendary legal thrillers writer was in Top 3 during entire month. The release date of the novel was October 21. Surprisingly the feedback wasn’t as good as expected. The book is below 4 stars average rating, which is kind of surprising (av. 3.7 from 669 reviews). As they said – it’s just a taste.
3. Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
The amazing story was in Top 3 for almost entire month, but at the end dropped to seventh position in the current ranks. The novel was published in the Summer of 2012, but currently gain another push up in the rankings, because of the movie. If you didn’t watch it – go and see it. Amazing female acting by Rosamund Pike, who is a major contender for Academy Award.
4. The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning
The English debut of Petra Durst-Benning was very successful. The novel was close to Top 3 and made great impact in the monthly rankings. The reception of the readers was warm (av. 4.4 stars from ~600 reviews). To learn more about the book and the novel you may check the interview with lady Petra for my blog.
5. Ruin – Part Three by Deborah Bladon
The third part of Ruin series came strong at the end of the month. The publication date was October 29 2014 and the price of the e-book was just $0.99. All the 3 parts were in Top 20 for the final days of the month. Great achievement for the Romance specialist Deborah Bladon
6. The Fire Seekers by Richard Farr
Another novel was set for official release on November 1. The pre-sales were huge and topped the classification in sci-fi and action&adventure books. This is the best writing of Richard Farr, who is preparing the sequel of The Fire Seekers. Check out my interview with the author here
7. Sleep Tight by Rachael Abott
One of the strongest books in 2014 is still keeping the momentum 8 months after the release. This is the leading novel in both crime and psychological thrillers genre. The reception was incredible – av. 4.4 stars from 1400 reviews.
8. Bloud Magick by Nora Roberts
The last part of The Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy was released in October 28. The pre-sales weren’t so strong, but probably in November the book will have better positions. Nora Roberts is a master and proved it once again, according to the reviews.
9. Burn by James Paterson
The price of $9.99 for a kindle edition is kind of respectful for the readers, but still the name of James Paterson is enough to compensate it. The book was released on September 29th and was one of the leading titles at the beginning of October.
10. Stepbrother Dearest by Penelope Ward
The novel lost its positions at the second part of October, after the official debut at the end of September. The contemporary romance is one of the best accepted books in 2014 with average 4.7 stars from 1450 reviews.