Amazon Retires Author Rank, Leaving Authors One Less Way to Check Their Social Status

A friend just tipped me to the news that Amazon has retired its Author Rank feature. (Thanks, Morris!) I'm still getting a couple reports that people are still seeing Author Rank in the Kindle Store, but Amazon has an EOL notice in the Author Central admin pages, and has disabled the relevant page in Author Central.

Amazon Retires Author Rank, Leaving Authors One Less Way to Check Their Social Status Amazon


Also, the Author Rank page on now redirects to the Amazon Charts page.

Originally launched in 2012, Author Rank has proven useful for little more than giving a few authors an ego boost, and many more authors crushing self-doubt. It will be missed by only the more obsessed authors  and their fans.

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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. Disgusting Dude24 March, 2020

    In the olden days it served a purpose: highlighting that indie authors and titles could and did outsell and outrank the tradpubbed.
    By now only the most dense still insist indie books are inherently inferior than corporate output.
    Ending it is a sign of the normalization of self-pub as an established market approach that is here to stay.
    It’s outlived its usefulness.

    1. Nate Hoffelder24 March, 2020

      Okay, that was useful.

  2. Roland Denzel30 March, 2020


  3. Roland Denzel30 March, 2020

    I was trying to agree with DD, but it showed up out of the thread…

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