Amazon Charts launched last year in the United States and it is a new bestseller list that gives users a top 20 list of of the most read and most sold books on Amazon. You can get a sense on what is a true bestseller for not only books, but audiobooks and ebooks too. Basically it accurately reflects how readers are really reading and buying books today and even pulls data from popular books on Kindle Unlimited. David Naggar, the Amazon’s VP of Kindle Content, says that it’s an attempt to provide a pure-data recommendation list that cuts through some of the human curation that colors other bestseller lists.
Amazon charts has just launched in Canada today and the engine is only recommending books that the vast majority of Canadians are buying and reading. Mike Strauch, country manager for Amazon Canada said in a statement “The list isn’t curated or based on opinion – it represents reading habits of Amazon.ca customers. With fun insights beyond the Top 20 lists like Highly Quotable or what books are Unputdownable, Amazon Charts is great source for inspiring your personal reading lists, book clubs and even gift giving.”
Key Amazon Charts features for Canada include:
- What’s really being read: Amazon Charts Top 20 Most Read is the first list to rank books by the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners each week – giving customers the opportunity to see what’s actively being read or listened to every week.
- What’s really being bought or borrowed: Amazon Charts Top 20 Most Sold ranks books according to the number of copies sold and pre-ordered through Amazon.ca and Audible.ca, as well as books borrowed from Amazon’s subscription program Kindle Unlimited.
- The stories behind the books: When exploring Amazon Charts, readers can browse fun insights into how other readers are reacting to each book. From which Kindle titles were Highly Quotable, according to the rate customers highlight passages in the book, to which were simply Unputdownable, according to how quickly customers read a book from cover to cover. Another fun feature of Amazon Charts includes All Ears, which showcases the most popular books amongst Audible Listeners each week.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.