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The 10 Best Selling E-Book Topics on Amazon

By my own quick research:

Nonfiction

  1. How to live better
  2. How to diet
  3. How to love
  4. How to live better
  5. How to live better
  6. True stories
  7. How to diet & exercise
  8. How to get girls
  9. How to communicate
  10. How to live better

If you look at what’s successful, all the way down through the top 500 or so (I did), the trend is the same: life, love, diet, sex, communication, with a smattering of autobiography.

Fiction

  1. Action & adventure
  2. Contemporary romance
  3. Contemporary romance
  4. Literary fiction
  5. Mystery/legal thriller
  6. Classic fiction (literary, we’ll call it)
  7. Mystery/thriller
  8. Mystery/thriller
  9. Coming of age
  10. Contemporary romance

If you look at what’s successful, all the way down through the top 500 or so (I did), the trend is the same: action, romance, mystery/thriller, and a smattering of literary fiction (usually a hit because of a movie or related news item).

This is interesting to me. In both fiction and nonfiction, the trend has remained the same: a very narrow range of topics/subjects dominate sales; the rest–based on my own observations–are generally low selling.

If you’re an author and excited by the breathless optimism about earning hundreds or thousands of dollars off of your fiction writing, take note–if you’re not writing in one of a few “genre” fiction slots, you’re no better off than the so-called “traditional” route–in many cases you’re worse off, financially speaking. Nonfiction? You’re even worse off, because in nonfiction brands and reputations are everything, and a relative handful of authors dominate both Kindle and print.