Amazon’s best selling print and Kindle books of 2018 so far

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Amazon best sellers of the year 2018 so far - Kindle and print editions

Up to now, the most sold book on Amazon in 2018, both in print and Kindle edition, is Fire and Fury, a behind-the-scenes account of Donald Trump’s controversial presidency.

Every June Amazon is announcing a list of the Best Books of the Year So Far. It’s a fantastic way to add new titles to your summer book wishlist.

The list, carefully curated by Amazon editors, includes most interesting and valuable books released between January and June, plus hot new summer releases.

Another way to find new reads for summer 2018 is exploring books that enjoy the biggest sales.

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Amazon offers a set of Top 100 charts based on cumulative sales since the beginning of the year. Opposite to lists of current best sellers, offered for most major product categories listed in the Amazon store, cumulative sales ranking are available only for five groups: print books, CDs & vinyl, Kindle ebooks, songs, and video games.

What’s the best selling book of 2018 so far?

Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is Amazons best selling book between January and June 2018
Fire and Fury, a controversial Donald Trump biography by Michael Wolff is Amazon’s best selling book of 2018, based on sales from January – June.

It was obvious that Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff would be among most sold books of 2018. So far, it’s #1 both in print and Kindle rankings. Released on January 5, 2018, the book documents in detail first nine months of Donald Trump’s hectic presidency, and shows how and why the 45th President of the United States has become “the king of discord and disunion.”

Would Michael Wolff’s behind-the-scenes look at Trump White House become the best selling book of 2018? When we observe how two other books that involve politics are doing on the charts, we seriously doubt it.

A Higher Loyalty by James Comey, released in mid-April, is climbing up the sales rankings rapidly. After two months, the biography is already #3 title on the list of print best sellers of 2018, and in the Top 50 for Kindle.

In the book, former FBI director shares his “never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government.”

The next book to watch is the hottest title of summer 2018, The President Is Missing. Co-written by James Patterson and President Bill Clinton, this suspense novel combines a thrilling, fast-paced plot with an authentic look at the inner happenings in the White House.

The Patterson-Clinton thriller sold over 250,000 copies in the first week. After just eleven days since the release, the novel is already in both Top 100 lists of 2018 best sellers for print and Kindle.

If you are not interested in politics, calm down. There are a lot of exciting titles to pick up, naming only Stephen King’s The Outsider or 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

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The best Kindle book of all time is Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, followed by Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) and Mockingjay (Suzanne Collins).

The list of Top 100 print best sellers of 2018 from Amazon includes books with the biggest number of sold print copies (paperback and hardcover) since January 1, 2018.

Year by year, the list of print best sellers is more and more populated by children’s literature, biographies, and self-help books, while novels dominate the Kindle list.

So far, Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff is the #1 best seller of 2018. Another book on politics is James Comey’s autobiography A Higher Loyalty where the former FBI director reveals facts from his 20-year career in the American government. The book is currently on the 3rd position.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo is the second most sold book of 2018 so far
#2 best seller of 2018 so far – a charming, beautifully illustrated A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo.

The second most sold print book of 2018 so far is A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo. This charming book, written by Jill Twiss, is addressed to kids aged 5-8 and features a bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. Cute, beautifully illustrated, the book explores issues of democracy and same-sex marriage.

Other titles we recommend adding to your list of summer reads are Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines, with a collection of 125 classic recipes for gathering (#5 on the list), and Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass, a self-help best seller that will guide you how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life.

Below, we present Top 20 print best sellers on Amazon. Next to each title, you will find information about Prime eligibility. If the book is Prime-eligible and you are a Prime member, you will get it delivered for free in two days.

Under the table, you’ll see the Top 5 books, together with shortened blurbs.

Top 20 print book best sellers: January – June 2018

Data collected on June 15, 2018
# Book Author Prime
1 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff yes
2 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo yes
3 A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership James Comey yes
4 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Jordan B. Peterson yes
5 Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering Joanna Gaines, Marah Stets yes
6 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Mark Manson yes
7 A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet) Madeleine L’Engle yes
8 The Complete Ketogenic Diet for Beginners: Your Essential Guide to Living the Keto Lifestyle Amy Ramos yes
9 Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Dr. Seuss yes
10 The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts Gary Chapman yes
11 You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life Jen Sincero yes
12 Dog Man and Cat Kid: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #4) Dav Pilkey yes
13 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng yes
14 Ready Player One: A Novel Ernest Cline yes
15 Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be Rachel Hollis yes
16 First 100 Words Roger Priddy yes
17 Player’s Handbook (Dungeons & Dragons) Wizards RPG Team yes
18 The Plant Paradox: The Hidden Dangers in Healthy Foods That Cause Disease and Weight Gain Dr. Steven R Gundry M.D. yes
19 The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals Laurel Randolph yes
20 The Whole30: The 30-Day Guide to Total Health and Food Freedom Melissa Hartwig yes

⇢ Top 100 Print

Amazon print best selling books of 2018 so far

Top 5 print bestsellers of 2018 so far

Amazon print best sellers of 2018 so far - Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff

1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country – and the world – has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

⇢ Print

Amazon print best sellers of 2018 so far - A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

2. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Jill Twiss, Marlon Bundo

HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children’s picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is about to change forever…

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same-sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

⇢ Print

Amazon print best sellers of 2018 so far - A Higher Loyalty by James Comey

3. A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership

James Comey

James Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama.

In his forthcoming book, the former FBI director shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government.

From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential policies of recent history.

⇢ Print

Amazon print best sellers of 2018 so far - 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson

4. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan B. Peterson

What does everyone in the modern world need to know?

Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.

⇢ Print

Amazon print best sellers of 2018 so far - Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines

5. Magnolia Table: A Collection of Recipes for Gathering

Joanna Gaines, Marah Stets

Magnolia Table is infused with Joanna Gaines’ warmth and passion for all things family, prepared and served straight from the heart of her home, with recipes inspired by dozens of Gaines family favorites.

The book includes 125 classic recipes – from breakfast, lunch, and dinner to small plates, snacks, and desserts – presenting a modern selection of American classics and personal family favorites.

Full of personal stories and beautiful photos, Magnolia Table is an invitation to share a seat at the table with Joanna Gaines and her family.

⇢ Print

Amazon Kindle book best sellers of 2018 so far

Take a look at the list of Top 100 Kindle best sellers of 2018 so far. It includes Kindle ebooks that were either bought or read using Kindle Unlimited and Amazon Prime Reading subscriptions.

The clear winner after six months of 2018 is Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.

#2 Kindle best seller of 2018 so far - Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh
Say You’re Sorry by Melinda Leigh (Montlake Romance) is the second most sold Kindle book of 2018 so far.

One of the most controversial biographies of recent years is followed by a thriller written by Melinda Leigh and released in May by Amazon’s romance imprint Montlake. Say You’re Sorry is the first book in a new series featuring former prosecutor Morgan Dane. After return to her hometown, she faces the most personal – and deadly – case of her lifetime.

Eoin Dempsey’s White Rose, Black Forest takes position #3. Set in Europe during World War 2, the book follows German dissenter Franka Gerber, who finds near her family’s isolated cabin an unconscious Luftwaffe airman. It soon turns out that he is not who he seems.

It’s worth pointing out that best selling titles for Kindle stay longer on the Top 100 list than print books. Last year’s #1 Kindle best seller, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood is ranked #4 after six months of 2018. The 5th place is taken by the 2017 second-best book, Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.

If you want to find other Kindle books that are worth reading, make sure to check out best Kindle books of all time.

Just like for print books, we present in a table below Top 20 Kindle best sellers. Next to each title, you can find information about Kindle Unlimited eligibility.

As you will see, only two books (Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff, and Minka Kent’s The Thinnest Air) can’t be accessed via Amazon’s popular digital subscription. In total, some 90% of Kindle best sellers are available for Kindle Unlimited members.

Top 20 Kindle book best sellers: January – June 2018

Data collected on June 15, 2018
# Book Author KU
1 Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House Michael Wolff
2 Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) Melinda Leigh yes
3 White Rose, Black Forest Eoin Dempsey yes
4 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood yes
5 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan yes
6 Lies That Bind Us Andrew Hart yes
7 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone J.K. Rowling yes
8 When Never Comes Barbara Davis yes
9 True Fiction (Ian Ludlow Thrillers Book 1) Lee Goldberg yes
10 The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Stephen R. Covey yes
11 Tips for Living Renée Shafransky yes
12 Twist of Faith Ellen J. Green yes
13 It Ends With Her Brianna Labuskes yes
14 Silent Victim Caroline Mitchell yes
15 Matchmaking for Beginners: A Novel Maddie Dawson yes
16 Not Perfect: A Novel Elizabeth LaBan yes
17 Digging In: A Novel Loretta Nyhan yes
18 An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew Annejet van der Zijl yes
19 The Thinnest Air Minka Kent
20 Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men [Kindle in Motion] Harold Schechter yes

⇢ Top 100 Kindle

Amazon Kindle best selling books of 2018 so far

Top 5 Kindle bestsellers of 2018 so far

Amazon Kindle best sellers of 2018 so far - Fire and Fury - Michael Wolff

1. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Michael Wolff

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time.

Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country – and the world – has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

Brilliantly reported and astoundingly fresh, Fire and Fury shows us how and why Donald Trump has become the king of discord and disunion.

⇢ Kindle

Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2018 so far - Say You Are Sorry by Melinda Leigh

2. Say You’re Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1)

Melinda Leigh

In this thrilling series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Melinda Leigh, former prosecutor Morgan Dane faces the most personal—and deadly—case of her lifetime.

After the devastating loss of her husband in Iraq, Morgan Dane returns to Scarlet Falls, seeking the comfort of her hometown.

Now, surrounded by family, she’s finally found peace and a promising career opportunity – until her babysitter is killed and her neighbor asks her to defend his son, Nick, who stands accused of the murder.

⇢ Kindle

Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2018 so far - White Rose Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

3. White Rose, Black Forest

Eoin Dempsey

In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, in December 1943, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless.

One day she discovers an unconscious airman wearing a Luftwaffe uniform. Unwilling to let him die, Franka takes him to her family’s isolated cabin. But when it turns out that he is not who he seems, Franka begins a race against time to unravel the mystery of the airman’s true identity.

Hunted by the Gestapo, can they trust each other enough to join forces on a mission that could change the face of the war and their own lives forever?

⇢ Kindle

Amazon Kindle best sellers of 2018 so far - The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

4. The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s Tale is a novel of such power that the reader will be unable to forget its images and its forecast.

Set in the near future, the novel describes life in what was once the United States and is now called the Republic of Gilead.

The story is told through the eyes of Offred, one of the unfortunate Handmaids under the new social order. In condensed but eloquent prose, by turns cool-eyed, tender, despairing, passionate, and wry, she reveals to us the dark corners behind the establishment’s calm facade, as certain tendencies now in existence are carried to their logical conclusions.

⇢ Kindle

Amazon Kindle bestsellers of 2018 so far - Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

5. Beneath a Scarlet Sky

Mark Sullivan

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, USA Today bestseller Beneath a Scarlet Sky is an epic tale of one young man’s incredible resilience during one of the history’s darkest hours.

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager – obsessed with music, food, and girls – but his days of innocence are numbered.

When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.

⇢ Kindle

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How to find book best sellers on Amazon

Besides Amazon’s list of best selling books of the year so far, there are also other ways to spot most popular books:

Amazon Charts – innovative Top 20 lists that are updated weekly and include latest trending books across all reading formats: print, Kindle, audiobooks, and digital subscriptions. The charts will let you quickly spot most popular titles, based not only on sales but also user statistics, such as the speed of reading or number of pre-orders.

Today’s Top 100 Book Best Sellers – every major category in the Amazon store has its own list of best-selling items. Top 100 lists get updated a few times a day, so they are a great tool to find the hottest titles. The lists, both for print and Kindle books, are split into genres and subgenres, making it easy to find most popular titles in your favorite category.

New York Times Best Sellers – Amazon runs special sections featuring books that made it to weekly best sellers lists by The New York Times. The NYT lists can be found in both print and Kindle sections. We link to the second directory. It features books from the combined charts (print and ebook editions) for fiction and nonfiction.

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