Smashwords Top 25 Best Sellers May 2013

Hats off to the indie authors rising to the top of May sales. Also read the full Smashwords blog post or Publisher’s Weekly article. The list represents ebook sales at Smashwords and sales at its distribution partners via Smashwords (Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony, Amazon, Diesel and public libraries).

Some quick observations:

  • Romance is by far the #1 genre
  • lower prices sell more books
  • $3.99 appears to be the new sweet spot (Mark Coker told us awhile ago)
  • nothing on this list between $3.99 and $9.99 (why? no idea)
  • remember, hardly any of these books sold at Amazon via Smashwords (perhaps none of them), so it really can pay off to also sell at other retailers beyond KDP Select (just my opinion)
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
7 Real Katy Evans Romance $3.99
8 The Boy Who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window Kirsty Moseley Romance $2.99
9 Skin Deep J.M. Stone Erotica $2.99
10 Unbroken Melody Grace Romance $3.99
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
18 Unbeautifully Madeline Sheehan Romance $2.99
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
22 HOPELESS Colleen Hoover Romance $3.99
23 Freaky By Nature (SEALS, Inc., Book 3) Mia Dymond Romance $2.99
24 Start Jon Acuff Self-Improvement $9.99
25 Fairest (Unfortunate Fairy Tale Book 2) Chanda Hahn YA $3.99

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3 Responses to “Smashwords Top 25 Best Sellers May 2013”

  1. phyllomania Says:

    As usual, Jason, your posts are informative and thought-provoking, as well as inspiring. I find myself wondering, “Do I have a romance novel in me??” Anything seems possible in the New World of self-publishing! Thanks for helping me get started, with your very wonderful “How To Make Market and Sell” book!

  2. dm yates Says:

    Interesting. I’ve heard that about $3.99.


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