Smashwords, the world's largest indie ebook distributor, has just released the inaugural edition of the Smashwords Self-Published Best Seller List. It covers ebooks distributed by Smashwords during the month of May 2013 and sold in Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and other ebookstores.
This first list is heavily dominated by romance titles, with historical fiction and erotica making up much of the rest of list. The most common price is $4, with $3 coming in a distant second. And just to show that cheap isn't the only way to go, there are also 2 titles priced at $10.
BTW, there's something missing from the list. Take a few minutes looking at the list and see if you can tell me what it is (scroll down for the answer).
|1||The Billionaire's Obsession: The Complete Collection||J. S. Scott||Romance||$0.99|
|2||Twisted Perfection||Abbi Glines||Romance||$3.99|
|3||Free Falling||Kirsty Moseley||Romance||$3.99|
|4||Never Too Far||Abbi Glines||Romance||$3.99|
|5||Heart Of The Billionaire (The Billionaire's Obsession ~ Sam)||J. S. Scott||Romance||$2.99|
|6||Fallen Too Far||Abbi Glines||Romance||$2.99|
|8||The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window||Kirsty Moseley||Romance||$2.99|
|9||Skin Deep||J.M. Stone||Erotica||$2.99|
|11||Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2)||Shayne Parkinson||Historical Fiction||$2.99|
|12||Chasing Imperfection (Chasing Series #2)||Pamela Ann||Romance||$3.99|
|13||Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)||Shayne Parkinson||Historical Fiction||$2.99|
|14||A Second Chance||Shayne Parkinson||Historical Fiction||$2.99|
|15||Outspoken Angel (SEALS, Inc., Book 2)||Mia Dymond||Romance||$2.99|
|16||Music of the Heart||Katie Ashley||Romance||$3.99|
|17||Fate and Fury||Quinn Loftis||YA||$3.99|
|19||Tony Story (G Street Chronicles Presents)||Meek Mill||African-American Fiction||$9.99|
|20||The Proposal||Katie Ashley||Romance||$3.99|
|21||The Proposition||Katie Ashley||Erotica||$3.99|
|23||Freaky By Nature (SEALS, Inc., Book 3)||Mia Dymond||Romance||$2.99|
|25||Fairest (Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2)||Chanda Hahn|
This list doesn't include any free titles, only paid. Given that free ebooks are downloaded at a rate 91 times higher than paid ebooks (according to the latest data from Smashwords), this best seller list is really based on just 1% of the ebooks acquired via Smashwords.
I don't know about you, but I would like to see a separate list for the free ebooks. Amazon has 2 lists, and I think Smashwords should do the same.