New Category Rankings for Amazon Books

Amazon category ranking 3Not sure exactly when Amazon made the switch from listing only the Top 100 in categories in the Product Details to the Top 3,000 or so. I’m not even sure how high it goes.

The official word at KDP remains the same: Every book will have a Best Seller Rank after it has sold at least one copy, but Category rankings will only appear in the Product Details section of a book’s detail page if the book is ranked within the Top 100 books in its category.

Amazon category rankingClearly not the case anymore. Months ago this example (left) would have only shown the #82 ranking for Metaphysical and anything over the Top 100 would be omitted. Now it displays for a couple of categories beyond 100.

Amazon category ranking 2Or here’s another example (right) that’s slightly more bizarre. This book is presently #16 for Dogs, which is kinda cool, and it’s also #224 for Short Story-Single Authors, which is kinda strange. (How many authors does it take to write a short story and why is there a category for that?)

Good move, bad move, TMI? What do you think?

At least books that aren’t selling well have a little something to be proud about. But does it mean anything or help with sales?

Please share your comments below.


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7 Responses to “New Category Rankings for Amazon Books”

  1. Diane Says:

    Yes, I had noticed that – I am not sure that it’s a good thing. making it to the top 100 was always pretty special – now it just looks like numbers with no real accomplishment attached. I suppose they must have their reasons.

  2. Sally Ember, Ed.D. Says:

    Thanks for posting. I used it for a promo post even though some of my numbers are awful.

  3. Alana Woods Says:

    Jason, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I’ve just checked my books and those numbers look a way sight better than their overall rankings!! Still not fabulous, but much more acceptable to my eyes. 🙂

  4. dm yates Says:

    I think Amazon’s tired of complaints and coming up with ways to keep authors happy. This is just more confusing than before.


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