Kobo is one of the most popular e-book retailer in Canada and is in a prime position to know the most popular titles on their platform. The Toronto based company has just given us some meaningful sales data and have posted the books that sold the most units over the course of 2016.
Unsurprisingly, box office hits such as Jojo Moyes’s Me Before You, and Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train both made the top 10 bestselling titles. Robert Bryndza, published through the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, takes second place on Canada’s bestsellers list for 2016, which is no surprise as self-published titles make up approximately 20% of Kobo’s unit sales across its English-language markets.
|No:||Bestselling Books of 2016|
|1||The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins|
|2||The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza|
|3||Me Before You by Jojo Moyes|
|4||The Last Mile by David Baldacci|
|5||One with You by Sylvia Day|
|6||Room by Emma Donoghue|
|7||After You by Jojo Moyes|
|8||The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney|
|9||Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany|
|10||Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter|
10 Best Read Books from the Top 50 Bestselling List:
Many people have books stockpiled waiting to be devoured, but which titles did Canadians most often read from start to finish once they opened them? Queen of romance Danielle Steel keeps her readers hooked and takes the top spot for most completed book on the Kobo Bestsellers list. Of note, James Patterson comes out as a readers’ favourite, featuring three times on the top 10 most completed books from the bestsellers list, all from different series – a testament to the strength of and interest in extended storylines.
|No:||Most Completed from Bestseller’s List|
|1||Blue by Danielle Steel|
|2||Brotherhood in Death by J. D. Robb|
|3||Private Paris by James Patterson, Mark Sullivan|
|Make Me by Lee Child|
NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson, Marshall Karp
Cross Justice by James Patterson
Accused by Mark Gimenez
I’ll Never Let You Go by Mary Burton
The Guilty by David Baldacci
Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer
Non-Fiction that Created a Buzz
Of the top 100 bestselling non-fiction titles, more than a third were biographies and memoirs. From time-honoured class acts Carol Burnett (The Time Together) and Dick Van Dyke (My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business) to newer celebrities such as Amy Schumer (The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo) and Mindy Kaling (making the list twice with Why Not Me? and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)) who are taking the comedy world by storm, Kobo’s top selling bios list has something for everyone. And from our very own backyard, Canadian author Wab Kinew, winner of this year’s Kobo Emerging Writing Prize – shining a spotlight on debut writers – graces the list with his debut work, The Reason You Walk.
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.