The Fault in Our Stars by John Greene was first published in 2012. The book though quickly rose to #1 on the Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists months before it was even released, because every pre-order would be hand-signed by the author. Due to the runaway success of the film and the blitz marketing campaign Fault in our Stars was the top selling e-book of 2014.
How can we be sure that Fault in our Stars was the true number one bestseller of 2014? The information comes from PubTrack Digital, a unit of Nielsen BookScan. Unlike the point-of-sale system used by BookScan to track sales of physical books, PubTrack Digital aggregates e-book unit sales supplied by publishers. According to Nielsen, publishers send data on their confirmed e-book sales made through about 40 major e-book retailers. Nielsen then aggregates the data to develop an e-book sales tracking tool. Participating publishers include more than 30 of the largest trade houses, including all the Big Five.
What were the other top selling e-books of 2014? PubTrack Digital released the following list last week. If you are looking for a read and haven’t bought into the hype train yet, all of these books sold very well.
|1||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin/Speak||$10.99|
|2||Gone Girl||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$9.99|
|6||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$14.99|
|7||Unbroken||Laura Hillenbrand||Random House||$11.99|
|8||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin||$12.99|
|9||If I Stay||Gayle Forman||Penguin/Speak||$9.99|
|10||Orphan Train||Christina Baker Kline||HarperCollins||$12.99|
|11||Gray Mountain||John Grisham||Random House||$9.99|
|12||Big Little Lies||Liane Moriarty||Penguin||$12.99|
|13||The Maze Runner||James Dashner||Random House||$9.99|
|14||All the Light We Cannot See||Anthony Doerr||Simon & Schuster||$12.99|
|15||Outlander||Diana Gabaldon||Random House||$9.99|
|16||Fifty Shades of Grey||E.L. James||Random House||$9.99|
|17||The Target||David Baldacci||Hachette||$14.99|
|18||Sycamore Row||John Grisham||Random House||$9.99|
|19||Personal||Lee Child||Random House||$12.99|
|20||Divergent Series Complete Collection||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins/Tegen||$44.99|
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 CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.