Amazon started in 1994 as an online bookstore. They still sell books, but they also sell everything besides books, including movies. Still, their increasing convenience and reliability makes them one of, if not the top bookseller in the world. So when a book becomes the #1 best seller on Amazon, it’s pretty noteworthy.
This infographic walks you through the #1 best seller on Amazon since 1995. It’s probably a little surprising…
One of notable things is that every Harry Potter book was a #1 best seller besides the first two. Probably it’s because it took some time for the series to find its footing, but those are also the two books of the series many deem inferior (not me, just people). Also interesting is Good to Great appears twice, as does StrengthsFinder 2.0. It seems like those are either bulk purchases for businesses to give to their employees, or Amazon has a lot of industrious business-types buying books from them. Finally, the 2017 #1 Amazon best seller is Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey—a poetry collection. While Kaur’s poetry is often derided among die-hard poetry fans, the fact that she wrote a poetry collection that has sold so remarkably well on Amazon in a competitive year of books is extremely impressive.
It will be interesting to see what the coming year holds. Maybe we’ll see a resurgence of business books!
Since the invention of the printing press, books have captured the imaginations of people for generations throughout the world. Book publishing is a huge industry because there is a high demand from readers.The best-selling book worldwide is Don Quixote, which has sold 500 million copies thus far. While it has been found that India, Thailand, and China are the countries that spend the most hours reading in a week, the countries that appear to be the most literate in terms of having access to libraries, computers, newspapers, and education are Finland, Norway, and Iceland. In the United Kingdom, 80% of Britons had read a book in the last year, out-reading the Germans, the French, and the Italians. The Britons had similar habits to the Japanese in that 79% of Japanese had read a book within the same time period. Meanwhile, in the United States, 27% of Americans had not read a book in the last year, which compares to the Vietnamese, 26% of which do not read books. Interestingly, the United States dominate the global book publishing market.
E-books are quickly becoming popular worldwide and e-publishing will continue to be increasing as many people ditch paper books for digital readers.
The intriguing reading habits of populations in the world have been researched by Global English Editing and we will share it with you here.