Amazon UK has released its first ever consumer report, which lists the top 20 selling ebooks for the year to date. Crime dominates, interestingly, as do women writers who make up 18 of the 20 bestselling ebook authors. Of course, bestseller lists differ by country and format, but it is still interesting to see what is driving readers.
An analysis of the top 20 list reveals that just over half (10) are classified as crime fiction (including thrillers/mysteries); four are romances, two are women’s fiction and three are general fiction/literature. The top five lists three books that have achieved worldwide popularity – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Shades of Grey as told by Christian by EL James and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. The two women’s fiction titles are family sagas with a particularly British flavour. All the books are traditionally published.
TOP 20 BESTSELLING EBOOKS OF 2015 SO FAR ON AMAZON UK
- The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
- Shades of Grey as told by Christian by EL James
- Silent Scream by Angela Marsons
- Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Lie by C L Taylor
- The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
- The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams by Fiona Harper
- Hide her Name by Nadine Dorries
- Personal by Lee Child
- The Stranger Child by Rachel Abbott
- Us by David Nicholls
- The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe
- The Year of Taking Chances by Lucy Diamond
- The Ballroom Cafe by Ann O’Loughlin
- The Good Girl by Fiona Neill
- Closer than You Think by Karen Rose
- The Letter by Kathryn Hughes
- I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
- Evil Games by Angela Marsons
I confess to having read only two of the authors, and probably not the ones you would think but Lee Child and Karen Rose, and none of the books on the list. What about you? Can you share thoughts on any of these authors?