Statista has just released highlights from a report by Author Earnings, taking a closer look at most popular audiobooks bought in the United States from the second to fourth quarter of 2017.
The chart lists genres, not particular titles. It gives a general idea which genres are better-suited for audiobook format than the others.
When you take a closer look at the list, you will realize some of the categories are repeated, for instance, “literature & fiction” and “fiction & literature.” Nevertheless, it’s worth looking at the figures. They give an idea of how many audiobooks are being sold in the United States.
Two first places on the list are occupied by a genre widely considered as literary fiction. When combined, the total number of units sold is reaching 5 million (and it’s for Q2-Q4 of 2017 only).
The next group in the ranking, with 1.6 million units sold, is mystery, thrillers, and suspense. Science fiction & fantasy category comes next (almost 1.4 million).
When you are looking at Audible bestsellers, you’ll see that business or self-help books take top places. The report from Author Earnings shows a different story. These categories are further down the ranking: business & money occupies the 7th position.
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