On May 6th, Sony announced that its US-based eBooks Store had surpassed the 10-million-mark for downloads. This is a pretty impressive feat (I know I’ve helped out with plenty of purchases…).
They also released the top ten sellers for their store, which are as follows:
1. Dan Brown, “The Lost Symbol”
2. James Patterson, “I, Alex Cross”
3. Stephanie Meyer, “Breaking Dawn”
4. Stephanie Meyer, “Eclipse”
5. Kathryn Stockett, “The Help”
6. Stephanie Meyer, “Twilight”
7. Stephanie Meyer, “New Moon”
8. Alice Sebold, “The Lovely Bones”
9. Stieg Larsson, “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”
10. Nicholas Sparks, “The Last Song”
Not the broadest selection (Stephanie Meyer’s done very well indeed…). I suppose it’s both predictable and yet also surprising: given the preponderance of “romantic” fiction that seemed to be the quickest genre to embrace the eBook format, it’s not represented at all. That Meyer’s Twilight series dominates… I wonder if it was boosted by sales to people who didn’t want to be seen with the actual books…? It’s always a possibility.
I have no idea how many eBooks Amazon has sold for its Kindle machine, but it would be interesting to see a comparison (of sales and all-time top ten bestsellers).