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Best books on Prime Reading based on reviews

This handy list lets you quickly go through the best books that you can download for free with your Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Reading is one of the services included in Amazon Prime membership. It’s hard to understand why it’s still so underestimated. The service gives unlimited access to a list of customer-favorited Kindle books, as well as comics, magazines, and audiobooks from Audible.

The Prime Reading catalog includes between 1,000 and 3,000 items. The list is rotating, which means that – just like on Netflix – some titles are coming and some are leaving.

Some users wonder what is better – Prime Reading or Kindle Unlimited. If you are an avid reader, you should have no doubts: the latter service is much better because it includes over a million books.

However, Amazon Prime Reading works surprisingly well for people who read occasionally, want to have access to versatile content, and share their account with family members.

Jump to the list

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you should definitely check out what’s currently available in Amazon Prime Reading. The list is being refreshed every month. Although the number of eligible titles is growing, many interesting books are gone forever.

However, I’ve noticed an interesting pattern: some books – the ones that are most popular – stay longer on the list. Harry Potter series, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, or Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are on Prime Reading since the service was launched in October 2016.

The list you will see below includes most loved Amazon Prime eligible books, based on the time they have stayed in the catalog as well as customer reviews.

For more recommendations, check out the ranking of 100 best books in Amazon Prime Reading. This list is based on the current number of downloads, and is being updated every hour.

Amazon Prime Reading - best books of all time

How to download Prime Reading books

There are two ways to do it:

  • Via Amazon website – when you choose the book from the list below or the catalog of Prime Reading eligible books, you will be directed to the book’s product page. Click on the button saying “Read for Free,” and make sure to select the right device from a drop-down list under the button.
  • Via Kindle app or e-reader – in a Kindle app (no matter whether it’s for iPhone/iPad or Android), tap the Discover icon on the bottom bar and look for “Prime Reading” link. On your Kindle, go to “Home” view, tap the three-dot menu in the top right corner, select Kindle Store and look for “Prime Reading” link.

How to sign up for Amazon Prime Reading

As I have mentioned above, Prime Reading is a part of Amazon Prime multi-benefit subscription. Most probably, you will join or rejoin Prime not only because of access to a few thousand digital books and audiobooks – for $12.99 per month you get much more than that.

Free delivery on 100 million products, original TV shows on Prime Video, plus several shopping benefits and exclusive deals – these are the most common reasons to buy the subscription.

To get the membership, visit Amazon Prime sign up page, select the plan (you can go for a monthly payment but you can also pick up one of the tailored subscriptions), confirm you credentials, and you are ready to enjoy free digital books, comics, and magazines!

25 best books on Amazon Prime Reading

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - Prime Reading top bestsellers

Margaret Atwood

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

Set in the near future, the tale 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, 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.

I absolutely loved this story. The main character is realistic, and her experiences are fascinating. The world that surrounds her is both believable and terrifying.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.2/5

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The Sun and Her Flowers

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur - best poetry on Prime Reading

Rupi Kaur

From Rupi Kaur, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey, comes her long-awaited second collection of poetry.

A vibrant and transcendent journey about growth and healing. Ancestry and honoring one’s roots. Expatriation and rising up to find a home within yourself.

Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

I wasn’t sure if Kaur was going to be able to pierce my soul like she did with Milk & Honey but she did it with ease. A journey of self love and raw observations about the world around us.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.7/5

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

1984 by George Orwell - best Prime Reading books of all time

George Orwell

George Orwell’s 1984 takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.

Lionel Trilling said of Orwell’s masterpiece, “1984 is a profound, terrifying, and wholly fascinating book. It is a fantasy of the political future, and like any such fantasy, serves its author as a magnifying device for an examination of the present.”

Though the year 1984 now exists in the past, Orwell’s novel remains an urgent call for the individual willing to speak truth to power.

I cannot begin to convey how genuinely frightening this book is. I am a lover of popular science fiction and am astounded by Orwell’s ability to be more compelling, entertaining and engrossing than authors with the benefit of light sabers, phasers and teleportation.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.5/5

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Divergent

Divergent by Veronica Roth - best Amazon Prime Reading books

Veronica Roth

This first book in Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy – a dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.

Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love.

Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

I really enjoyed the character building, getting to know her friends and her fears. The author is able to draw in the reader right from the start.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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The Selection

The Selection by Kiera Cass - Prime Reading best dystopian novels

Kiera Cass

Discover the first book in the captivating, #1 New York Times bestselling series by Kiera Cass.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.

There are really great characters, well developed and believable – sweet, conniving, funny, bitchy.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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What the Wind Knows

What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon - best historical fiction Prime Reading

Amy Harmon

This Washington Post bestseller follows Anne Gallagher who grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes.

The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity, convinced the woman’s disappearance is connected to her own.

As tensions rise, Thomas joins the struggle for Ireland’s independence and Anne is drawn into the conflict beside him.

There were so many amazing characters in this book that each played their role in what unfolded in this story. Everything about this book was beautifully complex. It makes you realize we are a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. Time became irrelevant. Love became important.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.7/5

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple by Alice Walker - best historical fiction Amazon Prime

Alice Walker

Celie has grown up poor in rural Georgia, despised by the society around her and abused by her own family. She strives to protect her sister, Nettie, from a similar fate.

While Nettie escapes to a new life as a missionary in Africa, Celie is left behind without her best friend and confidante, married off to an older suitor, and sentenced to a life alone with a harsh and brutal husband.

In an attempt to transcend a life that often seems too much to bear, Celie begins writing letters directly to God.

Why this novel works so well is because we read of real human characters, that despite this being in the epistolary style do seem to come fully alive. Taking in so many subjects and themes, so we read of family secrets and murder, along with sexual and physical abuse, as well as racism and many other subjects.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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Born Survivors

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Wendy Holden

In Born Survivors, a renowned biographer Wendy Holden recounts this extraordinary story of three children united by their mothers’ unbelievable – yet ultimately successful– fight for survival.

Eastern Europe, 1944: Three women believe they are pregnant, but are torn from their husbands before they can be certain.

Rachel is sent to Auschwitz, unaware that her husband has been shot. Priska and her husband travel there together, but are immediately separated. Also at Auschwitz, Anka hopes in vain to be reunited with her husband.

Loved this book. My Dad was part of the 11th Armored Division who freed these people. Everything Wendy described, was exactly how my Dad, now 94 remembered.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.8/5

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Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House by J. B. West - best memoirs Amazon Prime

J.B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz

In this New York Times bestseller, the White House chief usher for nearly three decades offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first families.

J. B. West, whom Jackie Kennedy called “one of the most extraordinary men I have ever met,” provides an absorbing, one-of-a-kind history of life among the first ladies.

Alive with anecdotes ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt’s fascinating political strategies to Jackie Kennedy’s tragic loss and the personal struggles of Pat Nixon, Upstairs at the White House is a rich account of a slice of American history that usually remains behind closed doors.

I appreciated the fact that this wasn’t a tell-all type of book that tried to show the reader the ugly side of the occupants of the White House. Instead, it struck me as being extremely truthful and down to earth.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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True Fiction

True Fiction by Lee Goldberg - best thrillers on Amazon Prime Reading

Lee Goldberg

The New York Times bestselling author Lee Goldberg returns with a breakneck thriller where truth and fiction collide for the unluckiest writer alive.

When a passenger jet crashes onto the beaches of Waikiki, bestselling writer Ian Ludlow knows the horrific tragedy wasn’t an accident.

Years before, the CIA enlisted Ian to dream up terrorism scenarios to prepare the government for nightmares they couldn’t imagine. Now one of those schemes has come true, and Ian is the only person alive who knows how it was done… and who is behind the plot.

True Fiction is a really funny and sometimes seriously silly story about a writer for a popular television show – about a cop who’s a plant that “can’t stand crime” – who thought up a really inventive terrorist scenario during a CIA event employing writers for television shows.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.4/5

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The Killer Collective

The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler - best thrillers Amazon Prime

Barry Eisler

In this fast-paced thriller, sex crimes detective Livia Lone, assassin John Rain, and former Marine sniper Dox form an unlikely team, determined to unveil one government conspiracy after another.

Facing uncertain loyalties and conflicting agendas, smoldering romantic entanglements, and brutal betrayals, the group edges closer and closer to the once untouchable big fish of the US government.

This gripping read has been leading the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal bestseller charts for a reason.

As a retired Special Forces officer and international consultant, I found the action scenes and tactics compelling, the characters and places interesting and well drawn out, and the plot uniquely intriguing.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.3/5

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The Atlantis Gene

The Atlantis Gene by A. G. Riddle - best books on Prime

A. G. Riddle

Off the coast of Antarctica, a research group discovers a strange ancient structure buried deep within an iceberg. At the same moment, in Jakarta, Indonesia, brilliant geneticist Kate Warner has just come up with a breakthrough treatment for autism. Or so she thinks.

What Kate found is far more deadly – not just for her, but for the entire human race. Her work could unleash the next stage of human evolution. And it holds the key to unlocking the mysterious structure off the coast of Antarctica.

As the first book in A. G. Riddle’s bestselling Origin Mystery series, this is the novel that started it all. Fast-paced and packed with action, it reads just like a well-made thriller movie.

This book starts off at a heck of a pace and just keeps it going, at times its difficult to keep up with the multiple storylines going on at once but its worth the effort.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.2/5

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A Criminal Defense

A Criminal Defense by William L. Myers Jr - best legal thrillers on Amazon Prime Reading

William L. Myers, Jr.

When a young reporter is found dead and a prominent Philadelphia businessman is accused of her murder, Mick McFarland finds himself involved in the case of his life.

The defendant, David Hanson, was Mick’s close friend in law school, and the victim, a TV news reporter, had reached out to Mick for legal help only hours before her death.

Mick’s played both sides of Philadelphia’s courtrooms. As a top-shelf defense attorney and former prosecutor, he knows all the tricks of the trade. And he’ll need every one of them to win.

This was an excellent legal thriller. I thought I had the “who did it” figured out. At 75% completed I knew who did it. I was only part right!

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.4/5

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Unlimited Memory

Unlimited Memory by Kevin Horsley - best nonfiction on Amazon Prime Reading

Kevin Horsley

Did you know most people never tap into 10% of their potential for memory?

In this Wall Street Journal bestseller, you will learn how the world’s best memory masters get themselves to concentrate at will, anytime they want.

When you can easily focus and concentrate on the task at hand, and store and recall useful information, you can easily double your productivity and eliminate wasted time, stress and mistakes at work.

Download and read this book and you will know how to use advanced learning strategies to learn faster, remember more and be more productive in everything you do.

If you allow this book to change the way you learn, then this book is easily worth 20x the cover price for the keys and tools Horsley provides you with because you’ll finally be able to overcome that old adage that claims that we only use about 10% of our brains.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson - Amazon Prime Reading nonfiction

Chris Anderson

Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview.

The book is an insider’s guide to creating unforgettable talks. It explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot.

There is no set formula; no two talks should be the same. The goal is for you to give the talk that only you can give. But don’t be intimidated. You may find it more natural than you think.

A friend told me about this book as I was in the midst of preparing for a TEDx talk. I picked it up with the same enthusiasm a 5th grader has for homework: “Guess we have to do this now, siiiigh.” It turned out to be a compelling enough read to have me blaze through it in one sitting, way past my bedtime.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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The Storyteller’s Secret

The Storyteller's Secret by Sejal Badani - Prime Reading top books

Sejal Badani

From the bestselling author of Trail of Broken Wings comes an epic story of the unrelenting force of love, the power of healing, and the invincible desire to dream.

Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past.

This book was a very emotional experience. Almost exhausting. I just could not stop reading. This explains why, as much as I enjoyed reading this book, I was content with it ending. It was beautifully written.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.7/5

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey - Prime Reading nonfiction books

Stephen R. Covey

This classic self-help book has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students.

In short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey’s 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you.

The edition that’s available in Prime Reading is full of highly readable and understandable infographics. You will learn how to be proactive, how to put first things first, think win-win, and begin with the end in mind.

This is, hands down, one of the best and most powerful books I’ve ever read in my life.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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The Whole30

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Melissa Hartwig Urban and Dallas Hartwig

Since 2009, Melissa Hartwig Urban’s critically acclaimed Whole30 program has quietly led hundreds of thousands of people to effortless weight loss and better health—along with stunning improvements in sleep quality, energy levels, mood, and self-esteem.

The program accomplishes all of this by specifically targeting people’s habits and emotional relationships with food.

The Whole30 features real-life success stories, an extensive quick-reference FAQ, detailed elimination and reintroduction guidelines, and more than 100 recipes using familiar ingredients, from simple one-pot meals to complete dinner party menus.

The reason Whole 30 works for me is because you can have potatoes and fruit. An example of a whole 30 meal would be: 2 pork chops, mashed potatoes made with chicken stock, green beans, finish with your choice of fruit.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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The Giving Tree

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - best children's books on Prime Reading

Shel Silverstein

As The Giving Tree turns fifty, this timeless classic is available for the first time ever in ebook format. This digital edition allows young readers and lifelong fans to continue the legacy and love of a household classic that will now reach an even wider audience.

Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.

This story teaches the reader the importance of giving generously, without expecting anything in return. Even though the child in this story doesn’t seem to show a lot of gratitude.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.8/5

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Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids

Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids by Rob Elliott - Prime Reading best books for children

Rob Elliott

What happens to race car drivers when they eat too much? They get indy-gestion. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids provides children ages 7-10 many hours of fun and laughter.

Young readers will have a blast sharing this collection of hundreds of one-liners, knock knock jokes, tongue twisters, and more with their friends and family!

This mega-bestselling book will have children rolling on the floor with laughter and is sure to be a great gift idea for any child.

I’m so excited to give my 7 year old this book!! She struggles with reading a little and because of that she doesn’t enjoy reading. My mom gave her a joke book a while back and my daughter LOVED it.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.6/5

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Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 1

Star Wars Darth Vader - best comics on Amazon Prime Reading

Kieron Gillen

The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series! Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture’s most popular villains.

Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE (and the pages of the new STAR WARS comic book) into his own solo adventures — showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to?

As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army.

This comic excels on all fronts, storyline, beautiful covers, excellent artwork and coloring all in cinematic style.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.7/5

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Sh*t My Dad Says

Shit My Dad Says by Justin Halpern - Amazon Prime Reading books

Justin Halpern

Tuesdays with Morrie meets F My Life in this hilarious book about a son’s relationship with his foul-mouthed father by the 29-year-old comedy writer who created the massively popular Twitter feed of the same name.

After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

Halpern’s dad is a real character and his analogies and the lessons he teaches his son are colorful, to say the least. I laughed until I cried multiple times and my poor wife had to listen to me repeat quote after quote…

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.5/5

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The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick - best books on Amazon Prime

Philip K. Dick

This harrowing winner of the Hugo Award is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas.

The Man in the High Castle is a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake. It’s America in 1962. Some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war – and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

Imagine the Japanese concept of place, mixing with fascist bigotry, overlaid on oppressed Americans living in a totalitarian world. PKD thoroughly denounces fascism, bigotry and xenophobia.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.0/5

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The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien - best books on Amazon Prime Reading

J.R.R. Tolkien

The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s three-volume epic saga set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth – home to many strange beings, and most notably hobbits, a peace-loving “little people,” cheerful and shy.

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care.

Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

I know that the linguistically charged fantasy narrative isnt for everyone, I know some people can wholly enjoy the world without enjoying the written word of it, and I know middle earth is chief in the hearts of so many who may never read the books, but these books are a core of me.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.7/5

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter J.K. Rowling - all-time bestsellers Amazon Prime

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potters series is on Amazon Prime since the very begging of the service in 2016. Besides Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you can read free of charge also other books from a series.

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle.

Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Harry Potter books are a must for any fantasy, magical readers. I rate it an easy 5 star! JK Rowling wrote a masterpiece and everyone (no matter the age) will fall in love with the wizarding world.

– Customer review

Average rating: 4.8/5

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How to find book best sellers on Amazon

If you want to go beyond what’s available in Amazon Prime Reading, check out a few handy lists that put together most popular books and hot new releases available currently on Amazon.

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 a dedicated 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 complied by The New York Times. The NYT lists can be found in both print and Kindle sections. We link to the latter directory. It features books from combined charts (print and ebook editions) for both fiction and nonfiction.

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Amazon Prime Reading – all-time best books, based on reviews

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