How many Kindle bestsellers are available via Kindle Unlimited?

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Kindle Unlimited books among top Kindle bestsellers

You won’t believe it: as much as 82 books on the list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2017 are included in Kindle Unlimited.

If you are hesitating about getting Amazon’s ebook subscription, this may be the ultimate argument to go for it.

The list of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers of 2017 so far is dominated by books that are available via Kindle Unlimited.

You will find the entire list later in this post. Before that, let’s have a look at the highlights. These figures are stunning.

  • 82 titles out of 100 Kindle bestsellers are available via Kindle Unlimited subscription,
  • all top 10 titles on the list are Kindle Unlimited eligible,
  • there is only one book in Top 20 that’s not included in Kindle Unlimited,
  • 25 out of 30 titles from Mystery, Thriller & Suspense category are included in Kindle Unlimited,
  • Harry Potter books are Kindle Unlimited eligible, and six of them are in the Top 100, except The Deathly Hallows.

The list opens with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. It will surely become the No. 1 Kindle bestseller of 2017, due to the popularity of Hulu’s TV series and the revival of dystopian novels.

The third place is taken by Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Without Kindle Unlimited, you’ll pay for the book $8.99. If you subscribe, you pay a monthly fee of $9.99. Read the second Harry Potter book in the same month, and you already start saving.

I deliberately bypassed the No. 2 title on the list, as it’s worth a longer discussion. It’s Beneath a Scarlet Sky, a novel by Mark Sullivan, released in May by Lake Union Publishing.

This novel very well represents what kind of books you will find in the catalog of Kindle Unlimited books. Currently, you will find here over 1.8 million titles.

The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood is available in Kindle Unlimited
#1 Kindle bestseller of 2017 – The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – is available via Kindle Unlimited

Books by famous authors, such as J. K. Rowling or Margaret Atwood, are still an exception on the list of Kindle Unlimited ebooks.

Instead, you will find plenty of titles that were either published via Amazon’s own self-publishing platform or released by one of Amazon’s own publishing imprints.

In other words, if you want to read new books by Liane Moriarty, James Patterson, or John Grisham – the books from big-name authors released by big publishers – you will have to buy them separately because they are not included in Kindle Unlimited.

Kindle Unlimited is developing at a fast pace. The subscription costs $9.99 a month, but you can also buy longer (and it means cheaper) plans. And it’s worth waiting for shopping seasons such as Prime Day or Cyber Monday when you can save even 40%.

Since the launch of Kindle Unlimited in 2014, the number of subscribers has grown to such a level that it started to affect Kindle bestseller lists. Just have a look at the number of Kindle Unlimited books on the annual lists of Top 100 Kindle bestsellers.

Kindle Unlimited books in Top 100

  • 2014 – 7
  • 2015 – 10
  • 2016 – 28
  • 2017 – 82

Eager to find out more about the most popular Kindle Unlimited books? Here is the list. Besides the title, author, and Kindle Unlimited eligibility, you will see the average rating and the number of customer reviews.

Kindle Unlimited books on the list of top 100 bestsellers of 2017

Data collected on November 19, 2017 / KU – Kindle Unlimited eligible book
# Title Author Rating Reviews KU
1 The Handmaid's Tale Margaret Atwood 4.10 9,605 yes
2 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan 4.80 12,850 yes
3 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,334 yes
4 Everything We Keep: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 1) Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 11,671 yes
5 In Farleigh Field: A Novel of World War II Rhys Bowen 4.20 3,511 yes
6 Stillhouse Lake (Stillhouse Lake Series Book 1) Rachel Caine 4.50 7,021 yes
7 When I'm Gone: A Novel Emily Bleeker 4.30 5,684 yes
8 Silent Child Sarah A. Denzil 4.30 4,209 yes
9 1984 George Orwell 4.50 6,071 yes
10 A Criminal Defense William L. Myers Jr. 4.40 4,124 yes
11 Dead Certain: A Novel Adam Mitzner 4.20 3,050 yes
12 The Letter Kathryn Hughes 4.50 4,663 yes
13 Beach Lawyer (Beach Lawyer Series) Avery Duff 4.10 3,331 yes
14 I Am Watching You Teresa Driscoll 4.50 3,189 yes
15 The Night Bird (Frost Easton Mystery Book 1) Brian Freeman 4.50 3,351 yes
16 From Sand and Ash Amy Harmon 4.70 3,707 yes
17 The Naturalist (The Naturalist Series Book 1) Andrew Mayne 4.40 3,431 yes
18 P.S. from Paris Marc Levy 4.10 2,450 yes
19 A Merciful Death (Mercy Kilpatrick Book 1) Kendra Elliot 4.50 2,286 yes
20 The Secret Wife: A captivating story of romance, passion and mystery Gill Paul 4.60 3,881
21 The Missing Ones Patricia Gibney 4.40 2,746 yes
22 Camino Island: A Novel John Grisham 3.90 6,203
23 The Unremembered Girl: A Novel Eliza Maxwell 4.30 972
24 Split Second Douglas E. Richards 4.20 5,413 yes
25 Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis J. D. Vance 4.40 8,757
26 Little Boy Lost J. D. Trafford 4.20 2,209 yes
27 The Practice House Laura McNeal 4.10 1,819 yes
28 My Sister's Grave (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 1) Robert Dugoni 4.40 12,931 yes
29 The Man of Legends Kenneth Johnson 4.30 2,609 yes
30 The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen Series Book 1) Emily R. King 4.40 1,685 yes
31 A Tangled Mercy: A Novel Joy Jordan-Lake 4.60 682 yes
32 All the Little Children Jo Furniss 3.90 2,060 yes
33 A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel Amor Towles 4.70 6,329
34 Wives of War Soraya M. Lane 4.30 2,540 yes
35 Only the Truth Adam Croft 3.40 1,015
36 Origin: A Novel Dan Brown 4.20 2,508 yes
37 The Neon Lawyer Victor Methos 4.30 6,220
38 Before We Were Yours: A Novel Lisa Wingate 4.70 3,703 yes
39 A Beautiful Poison Lydia Kang 4.20 1,718 yes
40 The Trapped Girl (The Tracy Crosswhite Series Book 4) Robert Dugoni 4.70 1,741 yes
41 And Then She Was GONE Christopher Greyson 4.00 2,706 yes
42 The Fix (Memory Man series Book 3) David Baldacci 4.50 3,136
43 Extracted (Extracted Trilogy Book 1) RR Haywood 4.00 1,307 yes
44 Hemingway Didn't Say That: The Truth Behind Familiar Quotations Garson O'Toole 3.00 756 yes
45 Mrs. Saint and the Defectives: A Novel Julie Lawson Timmer 4.10 2,472
46 The Good Samaritan John Marrs 4.10 403 yes
47 The Halo Effect: A Novel Anne D. LeClaire 4.30 1,394 yes
48 The Gender Game Bella Forrest 4.40 2,328 yes
49 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes
50 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes
51 When They Come for You (Harper McDaniel Book 1) James W. Hall 4.10 1,556 yes
52 Accidentally Hers (Sterling Canyon Book 1) Jamie Beck 4.20 1,090 yes
53 The Honest Spy Andreas Kollender 4.30 597 yes
54 The Girl With No Name Diney Costeloe 4.50 1,770
55 In the Shadow of Lakecrest Elizabeth Blackwell 3.90 1,371 yes
56 Crimes Against a Book Club Kathy Cooperman 4.10 1,738 yes
57 A Man Called Ove: A Novel Fredrik Backman 4.60 15,068
58 Secondborn (Secondborn Series Book 1) Amy A. Bartol 4.40 2,162 yes
59 All the Breaking Waves: A Novel Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 1,150 yes
60 The Designer Marius Gabriel 4.20 1,122 yes
61 Pandemic (The Extinction Files Book 1) A.G. Riddle 4.20 2,095 yes
62 The Hangman's Daughter (A Hangman's Daughter Tale Book 1) Oliver Pötzsch 4.10 4,790 yes
63 Reason To Breathe (The Breathing Series, Book 1) Rebecca Donovan 4.40 3,983 yes
64 The Barefoot Summer Carolyn Brown 4.20 1,249 yes
65 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes
66 Vicious (Sinners of Saint) L.J. Shen 4.70 1,975 yes
67 The Shack William P. Young 4.70 16,030
68 The Late Show Michael Connelly 4.40 3,382
69 Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty 4.50 15,219
70 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes
71 A Quiet Life in the Country (A Lady Hardcastle Mystery Book 1) T E Kinsey 4.30 1,880 yes
72 Breakthrough Michael C. Grumley 4.40 6,736 yes
73 The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel Gabrielle Zevin 4.40 6,295 yes
74 Say You're Sorry (Morgan Dane Book 1) Melinda Leigh 4.60 873 yes
75 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling 4.80 58,333 yes
76 No Exit Taylor Adams 4.50 2,296 yes
77 The Winter Over Matthew Iden 4.00 1,506 yes
78 A Dark Lure Loreth Anne White 4.50 5,544 yes
79 The Things We Wish Were True Marybeth Mayhew Whalen 4.20 5,743 yes
80 The First Word Isley Robson 4.20 1,244 yes
81 The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Gary Keller, Jay Papasan 4.70 2,219
82 The House by the River Lena Manta 4.40 571 yes
83 Signature Wounds (A Grale Thriller Book 1) Kirk Russell 4.40 1,074 yes
84 After You Left Carol Mason 4.10 852 yes
85 The Short Drop (The Gibson Vaughn Series Book 1) Matthew FitzSimmons 4.60 8,528 yes
86 North Haven Sarah Moriarty 3.30 937 yes
87 The Extraditionist (A Benn Bluestone Thriller Book 1) Todd Merer 4.00 439 yes
88 The Lioness of Morocco Julia Drosten 4.30 1,785 yes
89 The Mutual Admiration Society: A Novel Lesley Kagen 3.50 791 yes
90 The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller (The Origin Mystery, Book 1) A.G. Riddle 4.10 15,220 yes
91 Small Great Things: A Novel Jodi Picoult 4.70 6,777
92 A Shade of Vampire (New & Lengthened 2015 Edition) Bella Forrest 4.30 9,471
93 The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) Suzanne Collins 4.60 56,410 yes
94 The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child 4.40 704 yes
95 The Rooster Bar John Grisham 3.70 1,072
96 What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Randall Munroe 4.60 3,646 yes
97 The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy Book 1) Dot Hutchison 4.30 12,873 yes
98 Everything We Left Behind: A Novel (The Everything Series Book 2) Kerry Lonsdale 4.20 980 yes
99 Dead Lawyers Don't Lie: A Gripping Thriller (Jake Wolfe Book 1) Mark Nolan 4.00 3,751 yes
100 The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter (The Ingrid Winter Misadventure Series) J.S. Drangsholt 3.10 691 yes

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