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message 1: by Rusi (new)

Rusi Kolev | 1 comments Hi everyone,

I have a quick and puzzling question: "When are you a bestseller in Amazon Kindle?".

I currently have a book that is #7 in one category and when I click on that category it displays the first 100 bestsellers and mine is no.7. Does this mean I'm a bestselling author, lol...

Check this out here

Currently I'm no.7. Look for a green/black book with author Rusi Kolev (Ctrl+F and write "Rusi").

I suppose that you should be no.1, but actually amazon clearly uses plural on the top, saying "Best Sellers in #category".

Obviously, you won't get a ribbon for a kindle book, but you can call yourself bestselling author if you are in top 10 for some category??

Thank you very much for your time and help!


message 2: by Mellie (new)

Mellie (mellie42) | 618 comments My two cents worth - no, it doesn't make you a "best seller".

Amazon lists are so specific now just about every book is on at least one. You can have a rank of #765,786, sell one book to your great aunt and still hold a spot on the Viking Alien Literary Dino Porn list.

To me a "best seller" is just that, a book selling thousands of books a week. On the Top 100 OVERALL at Amazon, so a book with a double digit rank (not on some obscure Top 100 list) and probably on the NYT list.


message 3: by Linda (new)

Linda Lewis | 8 comments A.W. wrote: "My two cents worth - no, it doesn't make you a "best seller".

Amazon lists are so specific now just about every book is on at least one. You can have a rank of #765,786, sell one book to your gre..."


I agree with your traditional definition of best seller, A. W., but from the proliferation of self-published books I see bearing the "Amazon Best Seller" banner, it's apparent many of those authors are doing what Rusi is suggesting.


message 4: by Nick (new)

Nick (nickanthony51) | 400 comments Well, just my humble opinion, but the proliferation of all the different categories on Amazon just makes it easier to reach the low hanging fruit...

If a SP wants to believe that makes them a best selling author in these categories, then good luck to them. But as a reader, I am not falling for it...


message 5: by Mellie (new)

Mellie (mellie42) | 618 comments Exactly my point Linda :) "best seller" is used so often it has become meaningless. I'm starting to think Amazon hands it out as a participation award! lol


message 6: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Camp (deborahcamp) | 43 comments Seems to me you can use your common sense. One of my books is an historical romance and it hit the #1 spot on Amazon in Romances for Kindle Books and for Historical Romances. Since I know there are scads and scads of Romances and Historical Romances on Amazon, I figure that anyone who makes the Top 25 are bestsellers in my opinion.


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