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Dean Koontz dominates 6 of the top-10 Kindle e-book sales for the holiday

1 month ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Consumer, New Media

The Thanksgiving travel rush is upon us, and with that comes long airport security lines, chaotic family gatherings, and, if we're lucky, a few hours of reading as we seek solace from the madness of eating and in-laws.

Chances are good that many people will be reading on Kindles and smartphones in order to conserve luggage space (and to avoid awkward conversations about book covers), and chances are just as good that many people have already loaded up their devices for the trip. So we took a look at Amazon's ($NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Store sales ranks for the past couple weeks as we head into Thanksgiving.

And what we found is total Dean Koontz dominance. That's partially because Koontz is a best-selling author who has sold more than 450 million books, has written more than 100 books, and has had 14 of them hit #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

But this time around he doesn't need book stores or even the New York Times. That's because he just released a series of six books (yes, six), and all of them have immediately jumped to the Amazon Kindle top-10 list.

The series is called Nameless. Five of the six books took the top-5 spots in the Kindle Store, and the sixth one took spot 8.



Category Rank (Average)

Kindle Store

In the Heart of the Fire (Nameless Book 1)


Kindle Store

Photographing the Dead (Nameless Book 2)


Kindle Store

The Praying Mantis Bride (Nameless Book 3)


Kindle Store

Red Rain (Nameless Book 4)


Kindle Store

The Mercy of Snakes (Nameless Book 5)


Kindle Store

In the Unlikely Event


Kindle Store

If You Tell: A True Story of Murder, Family Secrets, and the Unbreakable Bond of Sisterhood


Kindle Store

Memories of Tomorrow (Nameless Book 6)


Kindle Store

Dirty Letters


Kindle Store

Nine Elms (Kate Marshall Book 1)


The books were made available on the Kindle Store on November 12, and by midnight, book one of Nameless scrambles to the top of the charts with book 2 taking spot 2.

It wasn't until last weekend that the Koontz books began to settle back in the sales ranks, but by then, the damage had been done.

Enjoy the books, and enjoy the quiet time, readers.

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Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales. 

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Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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