23 March, 2015

Good News - Most-Read Books

Last week, I had an exciting e-mail from my agent, telling me that The Art of Letting Go was one of the top 10 most-read books on Kindle in February, in the UK. I hadn't realised that Amazon could tell what people were reading on their Kindles. I assumed they only knew if someone had bought something rather than if they were actually reading it, but apparently they know all.

Several people I know with Kindles use them as a place to stockpile books. When they see a book being sold at a bargain price and they like the look of it, they'll buy it. It may sit on their Kindle for months or years before being read, but they use promotions as a way of stocking their virtual shelves rather than finding something immediate to read. I therefore assumed that a lot of people might've bought my book last month but not many would have read it. I am so glad to be wrong!

The more I think about it, the happier I am with this statistic. The Art of Letting Go was in the Top 100 bestsellers for most of the month, but got nowhere near the Top 10. So for it to be one of the ten most-read e-books in the country is very exciting. I was also apparently one of the 20 most-read authors, despite this being my only book to date. Even more importantly, being read a lot hasn't led to a lot of one star reviews. There are some negative reviews, of course, but I got my 50th five stars last week as well. At a time when it would be easy to feel as if my writing was at a standstill, good news is always welcome!

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  1. Congratulations! That must be so rewarding. Enjoy!

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  2. Wow. Awesome!

    I didn't know that, but it makes sense. Because if you're connected to wi-fi you can go to other devices and it'll update to wherever you are.

    I usually don't connect my kindle to wi fi though. It's just a basic one, no a kindle fire or anything, but I do it to save battery life. But I suppose once I connect, it'll update to the system.

    It's kinda big brotherish in a way. :)

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    1. I thought it was a bit freaky. I don't have a kindle, but I do have a nook and I imagine it's similar. Still, it got me a nice statistic!

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  3. Brilliant news, Chloe - all those stats - wowza! Congratulations on this success - being READ - the best thing for a writer. Well done.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa. Yes, I would rather be in the Top10 most-read and not the Top 10 bestsellers than the other way round!

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  4. I'm sorry to tell you this but I was reading your book on my kindle and it developed a fault, switching itself off and on approximately 37,000 times...

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    1. Rounding up to the nearest 37 000, right? I'd give up if I were you. It's "an okay read" according to a recent review but it's not THAT great ;)

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  5. That is truly wonderful! Well done! And well deserved, because only a brilliant writer can keep people reading. :)

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