There’s Something Missing From Smashwords’ Best Seller List

There's Something Missing From Smashwords' Best Seller List Best-Seller List Self-Pub Uncategorized Just in case there was any doubt, today marks the day that self-published ebooks officially arrived.

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).

1The Billionaire's Obsession: The Complete CollectionJ. S. ScottRomance$0.99
2Twisted PerfectionAbbi GlinesRomance$3.99
3Free FallingKirsty MoseleyRomance$3.99
4Never Too FarAbbi GlinesRomance$3.99
5Heart Of The Billionaire (The Billionaire's Obsession ~ Sam)J. S. ScottRomance$2.99
6Fallen Too FarAbbi GlinesRomance$2.99
7RealKaty EvansRomance$3.99
8The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom WindowKirsty MoseleyRomance$2.99
9Skin DeepJ.M. StoneErotica$2.99
10UnbrokenMelody GraceRomance$3.99
11Mud and Gold (Promises to Keep: Book 2)Shayne ParkinsonHistorical Fiction$2.99
12Chasing Imperfection (Chasing Series #2)Pamela AnnRomance$3.99
13Settling the Account (Promises to Keep: Book 3)Shayne ParkinsonHistorical Fiction$2.99
14A Second ChanceShayne ParkinsonHistorical Fiction$2.99
15Outspoken Angel (SEALS, Inc., Book 2)Mia DymondRomance$2.99
16Music of the HeartKatie AshleyRomance$3.99
17Fate and FuryQuinn LoftisYA$3.99
18UnbeautifullyMadeline SheehanRomance$2.99
19Tony Story (G Street Chronicles Presents)Meek MillAfrican-American Fiction$9.99
20The ProposalKatie AshleyRomance$3.99
21The PropositionKatie AshleyErotica$3.99
22HOPELESSColleen HooverRomance$3.99
23Freaky By Nature (SEALS, Inc., Book 3)Mia DymondRomance$2.99
24StartJon AcuffSelf-Improvement$9.99
25Fairest (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.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Comeonson2 July, 2013

    Come on, Nate! I know you’re quite the clueless, self-absorbed prat, but even you can’t be this stupid. How does “free” figure into a “best _sellers_” list? And learn how to write, it’s fucking embarrassing.

  2. Richard Adin2 July, 2013

    I am very pleased to see 3 titles by Shayne Parkinson (#11, 13, and 14) on the list. She is an outstanding New Zealand author and the books listed are 5+ star books. (They are books 2-4 in her Promises to Keep series. The first book, Sentence of Marriage, is a freebie, which is probably why it doesn’t appear.) I have recommended her books since I first read them several years ago. Parkinson is one of those authors whose books are worth more than she is charging for them, and is one of fewer than a dozen authors for whom I would pay more than $5.99 for an ebook with hesitation.

  3. The Ogre2 July, 2013

    So, what’s wrong with there being no free titles on a best *sellers* list?

    1. Nate Hoffelder2 July, 2013

      There’s nothing wrong with it; it’s just that the list doesn’t accurately reflect the most popular titles.

  4. Mark Coker2 July, 2013

    Nate, already under serious consideration. 🙂 There are myriad potential lists we can share, and FREE is at the top of the list.


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