Top self-published books in Kindle Store – June 2011

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I’m happy to announce a June list of top self-published books in Kindle Store.

2011 is a breakthrough year for self-publishing. Amanda Hocking became a first well-known self-publisher. John Locke is a first self-published author to join the Kindle Million Club.

Self-publishing is about to become a serious part of digital publishing landscape and it’s good to devote as much attention as possible to embrace it and highlight its best qualities.

The purpose of our lists with top self-published books is to monitor the development of self-publishing and spot major trends, but most importantly – to help discover new self-published titles and their authors.

I’d like the lists to be a useful source of information and will improve them over time. Major change in comparison to April is how lists will be created. Since this edition instead of collecting data from a current ranking (which is being updated every hour), I will use monthly lists, which are displayed in Kindle Store’s Bestsellers Archive. Thanks to that a more representative overview can be achieved.

The data set consists of two tables. First one is a 2011 summary, where all major facts and figures are compared for the six months of 2011.

The second table is a list of all self-published titles in June’s Top 100 list.

I’m in the middle of preparing a huge post with lists and comparisons of top self-published books in 2011 so far. I’ll also include monthly lists starting from January. Stay informed, get free updates here.


Major news: two self-publishing superstars are not on the June list. Neither Amanda Hocking nor John Locke didn’t make it to Top 100. Amanda Hocking was sliding down already in March and April, but Locke’s absence is a huge surprise.

The author of the Donovan Creed series recently joined Kindle Million Club as he sold more than 1 million ebooks. This fact was largely covered and analyzed in media and blogosphere. It helped his books climb the charts again, but was not enough to get included in the June list. In March, Locke had 4 titles listed in a Top 10 (yes, top ten books in Kindle Store). Apparently the second million mark is not going to happen in the next 5 months.

One thing to notice is that self-published authors live short in Top 100. It’s too early for conclusions, but it will be definitely interesting to follow the life cycle of self-published bestsellers.

There is a huge difference in a total number of self-published books between April and June. In spring it was 27, now – only 16. It could be a result of a fading self-publishing hype, which started at the beginning of the year with a huge news coverage about Amanda Hocking. I wonder how much of the decrease is a result of recent news about spam clogging Kindle Store.

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Self-published books in Kindle Top 100: Summary Jan-Jun 2011

Data collected on June 30th, 2011, from Kindle Store’s Bestsellers Archive. Click on months for detailed monthly tables.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
No. of self-pub books in Top 100: 13 26 27 26 22 13
No. of self-pub books in Top 50: 8 17 17 16 5 7
No. of self-pub books in Top 10: 2 3 4 1 0 1
Best self-pub book ranked at: 6 4 1 6 19 6
No. of $0.99 self-pub books: 7 17 16 16 18 10
Share of $0.99 self-pub books: 54% 65% 59% 62% 82% 77%
Average price of
a self-pub book:
$1.99 $1.72 $1.62 $1.62 $1.58 $1.61
Most expensive self-pub book: $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 $3.99 $4.99 $4.99

Self-published books in Kindle Top 100: June 2011

Data collected on June 30th, 2011, from Kindle Store’s June Bestsellers Archive.
# – position in June’s Top 100.
Title and Author # Price
Summer Secrets – Barbara Freethy 6 $4.99
Accidents Waiting to Happen – Simon Wood 21 $0.99
Unlocked – Courtney Milan 25 $0.99
Looking For Trouble – Erin Kern 30 $0.99
The Rose Killer – Pat Gragg 46 $0.99
No Good Deed: Book One (The Mark Taylor Series) – M.P. McDonald 48 $0.99
Shiver – Michael Prescott 49 $0.99
Ryan’s Return – Barbara Freethy 61 $2.99
The BITCH-PROOF SUIT (Romantic Comedy) – De-ann Black 65 $0.99
Eye of the Beholder – Emma Jay 77 $0.99
Just One Look – Joan Reeves 87 $0.99
Fool for Love (The McCarthys of Gansett Island) – Marie Force 95 $2.99
Mortal Pursuit – Michael Prescott 96 $0.99

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