Here are 100 best Kindle authors of all time

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Top 100 Kindle authors of all time compared

The best Kindle author of all time is James Patterson, with 10 books in the Top 100 ranking.

This list is a part of our extensive comparison of the best books and authors in the Kindle Store since the launch of the 1st-generation Kindle.

In the main post, you will find top 100 Kindle books of all time, Kindle Unlimited bestsellers, top 10 books in fiction and nonfiction, as well as top categories.

Let’s now take a detailed look at the chart putting together most successful authors who published their books in the Kindle Store between November 2007 and November 2017. It is an excellent material for analysis.

James Patterson is the clear winner. In the top 100 ranking of all time, there are ten books he authored or co-authored. The second best authors is David Baldacci, followed by Suzanne Collins.

Five authors (James Patterson, Lee Child, David Baldacci, Nicholas Sparks and Michael Connelly) were present on annual Kindle bestseller lists for ten years. Two authors – David Baldacci and Lee Child – managed to place their books on all lists since 2007.

Other big names in publishing, naming only J.K. Rowling, would easily join the club if they had decided to release their books in Kindle edition soon enough.

The chart also shows authors’ working style and attitude. James Patterson wins thanks to being a prolific writer. As much as 46 of books he had written or co-written landed on annual bestseller lists.

Suzanne Collins is on the opposite side of the landscape. She published three books from the Hunger Games series, plus a bundle collecting them in a single edition. All four publications were ranked very high on annual lists. And 100% of them landed in the main ranking of Top 100 Kindle books of all time.

Details you can compare in the ranking are:

  • # – a position of the author, based on the number of points collected,
  • Points – a total number of points collected,
  • Books in Top 100 – a total number of author’s books in the Top 100 ranking of Kindle books,
  • Books on annual lists – a total number of author’s books on annual lists of Kindle bestsellers for years 2007-2017,
  • Years on annual lists – how many years author’s books were present on annual lists of Kindle bestsellers for years 2007-2017.

The main rule for creating the rankings of the best Kindle books and authors of all time is based on points collected from annual bestseller lists. The #1 book gets 100 points; the last one receives 1 point. If a book is present on more than one annual list, its points are added.

The same rule is applied to authors. The more books an author managed to place in annual bestseller lists, the more points are counted.

Here are the rules for the ranking of the best Kindle authors of all time:

  • if two or more authors get the same number of points, they are ranked at the same position in the Top 100. It means the list includes more than 100 authors,
  • books co-written by authors are added to their total score,
  • co-authors (naming only writers who work with James Patterson) are listed separately.

Top 100 Kindle authors of all time

Data collected between July 25 and November 19, 2017.
# Author Points Books in Top 100 Books on annual lists Years on annual lists
1. James Patterson 2315 10 46 10
2. David Baldacci 1412 9 20 11
3. Suzanne Collins 1244 4 4 6
4. John Grisham 1186 8 11 8
5. Stephenie Meyer 1115 6 6 6
6. Nora Roberts 1050 3 18 9
7. Stieg Larsson 1041 4 4 5
8. Lee Child 1017 6 19 11
9. Nicholas Sparks 999 6 10 10
10. George R. R. Martin 912 5 7 7
11. Veronica Roth 879 4 4 4
12. Liane Moriarty 774 4 6 5
13. Michael Connelly 744 5 15 10
14. Stephen King 602 1 12 9
15. Gillian Flynn 558 2 3 4
16. Ken Follett 555 2 5 5
17. Maxine Paetro 547 2 10 8
18. J.K. Rowling 533 2 10 3
19. Janet Evanovich 531 2 8 7
20. Diana Gabaldon 489 2 6 3
21. Sylvia Day 480 3 5 4
22. E L James 440 2 4 4
23. Laura Hillenbrand 429 1 1 5
24. Harlan Coben 410 1 7 6
25. John Sandford 398 11 8
26. Kathryn Stockett 376 1 1 4
27. Dan Brown 372 2 4 5
28. Vince Flynn 361 1 6 5
29. Rick Riordan 354 11 5
30. Daniel Silva 342 1 7 7
31. Khaled Hosseini 341 3 3 3
32. Jojo Moyes 338 2 2 4
33. Sara Gruen 323 1 1 5
34. John Green 321 2 3 4
35. John Locke 298 1 7 1
36. James Dashner 297 2 3 2
37. Jodi Picoult 283 2 4 6
38. Bella Forrest 280 1 4 4
39. Charlaine Harris 272 10 6
40. Anthony Doerr 263 1 1 3
41. Michael Ledwidge 257 1 7 6
42. Philip Pullman 254 3 3 1
43. Charlie Huston 250 4 2
44. Bill O’Reilly 237 1 5 5
44. Martin Dugard 237 1 5 5
45. Todd Burpo 232 1 1 3
46. Kerry Lonsdale 230 1 3 2
47. Paula Hawkins 229 1 1 2
48. Robert Dugoni 228 1 2 3
49. Patricia Cornwell 226 2 5 5
50. Walter Isaacson 217 1 2 3
51. Malcolm Gladwell 212 1 3 3
52. Elizabeth Gilbert 210 1 1 3
53. Nelson DeMille 206 1 4 4
54. Sue Grafton 205 1 5 5
55. William P. Young 200 1 1 4
56. Cormac McCarthy 194 2 2 2
57. Kristin Hannah 193 1 1 2
58. Emily Bleeker 190 1 2 3
59. A.G. Riddle 187 1 2 3
60. Christina Baker Kline 179 1 1 4
61. Brad Thor 178 5 5
62. Donna Tartt 177 1 1 2
63. Michael Prescott 175 4 1
64. Harper Lee 173 2 2 1
64. M.L. Stedman 173 1 1 3
65. Emily Giffin 170 4 3
66. Abraham Verghese 167 1 1 2
67. Daniel James Brown 166 1 1 2
67. Erik Larson 166 2 3 3
67. Markus Zusak 166 1 1 2
67. Noel Hynd 166 1 2 1
68. Cheryl Strayed 165 1 1 3
68. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 165 1 2 1
69. David Ellis 164 2 3
70. Gayle Forman 161 1 2 1
71. Marshall Karp 154 5 5
72. William Landay 153 1 1 2
73. Emma Donoghue 151 1 1 2
74. Tess Gerritsen 150 1 2 2
75. Barack Obama 149 1 2 1
76. Cassandra Clare 145 4 2
77. Greg Mortenson 143 1 1 2
78. Kathryn Croft 144 3 2
79. Fredrik Backman 137 1 1 2
79. J. D. Vance 137 1 1 2
80. Lisa Gardner 136 3 2
81. Christopher Greyson 134 1 1 2
81. Michael F. Roizen 134 1 2 1
81. Mehmet C. Oz 134 2 1
82. Andy Weir 132 1 1 3
82. Rebecca Skloot 132 1 1 2
83. Annie Barrows 131 1 1 2
83. Mary Ann Shaffer 131 1 1 2
83. Robert Bryndza 131 1 2 1
84. Sandra Brown 129 5 3
85. Christopher Hitchens 125 2 1
86. Douglas E. Richards 124 1 2 2
87. Howard Roughan 122 2 2
87. Kami Garcia 122 3 1
87. Margaret Stohl 122 3 1
88. Oliver Pötzsch 117 1 1 2
89. Sue Monk Kidd 116 1 2 2
90. Ann Patchett 113 3 3
90. Robert Galbraith 113 1 2 2
91. Tatiana de Rosnay 111 1 1 2
92. Karen McQuestion 110 2 2
93. J.S. Scott 107 1 1 2
94. Chris Kyle 104 1 1 2
94. Marie Kondo 104 1 1 2
95. Glenn Beck 103 1 2 2
95. Kevin Balfe 103 1 2 2
96. J. S. Cooper 102 4 2
96. Helen Cooper 102 4 2
96. J.C. Reed 102 2 1
96. Paula McLain 102 1 2 2
97. Margaret Atwood 100 1 1 1
97. Stephen Windwalker 100 1 1 1
98. Mark Sullivan 99 1 1 1
99. Clive Cussler 98 1 2 2
99. David Wroblewski 98 1 1 1
99. Jane Austen 98 1 1 1
100. Steve Martin 97 1 1 1

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