Amazon introduces Charts, a bestseller list that tracks what people are actually reading

Traditionally, bestseller charts depended on one metric only, how much a particular book sells. Digital content delivery platforms such as Amazon have the capabilities of tracking how a book is consumed after it has been purchased. Amazon is now leveraging this information by introducing Amazon Charts, that tracks how much people are reading the books, as well as how many copies of the books are sold.

The "Most Read" section of the charts tracks the average number of daily Kindle readers, as well as those who listen to the audiobooks version on Audible. The feature has been launched in the international version of the site. This is one of the first bestseller lists to combine the consumption of books across multiple media and formats. The most sold rankings combines data from books that are sold, pre-ordered or borrowed from, and Amazon Books.


David Naggar, vice president, Amazon said "When friends make a book recommendation, they recommend books they are really reading and loving. Many well-known bestseller lists today add, remove, or re-rank books based on editorial considerations and customers have asked for a bestseller list that is based on reading engagement and sales data, rather than an opinion-based list of what books they should be paying attention to. We’re excited to give book lovers Amazon Charts to help them discover their next great read."

The "Most Read" section is the one that really helps out bibliophiles get in touch with the books that are being consumed across the world. The list is split into fiction and non fiction. There are customer reviews attached to the listing, and accompanied by insights, that reveal a bit more about the book. If the book is particularly unputdownable, or has seen a lot of pre-orders, the information accompanies the listing. Users can purchase the books from the listing itself. Calendars, dictionaries, religious texts and encyclopedias are not counted in the "Most Read" rankings.

There is also an Alexa command voice command mapped to find out what titles are topping the charts through Amazon's intelligent assistant. Users only have to ask "Alexa, what are the most popular books this week?" to get a short appraisal of the Amazon Charts.

Published Date: May 22, 2017 13:50 PM | Updated Date: May 22, 2017 13:50 PM