Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Amazon's Bestselling Books 1995-2015

Amazon sold its first book in July 1995, Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies by Douglas Hofstadter. They have now posted a list of their bestselling books for every year from 2015 (so far) going back to 1995. Here are the top books for each year:

  • 2015 Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  • 2014 StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • 2013 StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • 2012 Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E L James
  • 2011 Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • 2010 The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
  • 2009 The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • 2008 A New Earth: Awakening Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
  • 2007 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
  • 2006 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
  • 2005 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
  • 2004 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  • 2003 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
  • 2002 Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
  • 2001 Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
  • 2000 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
  • 1999 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
  • 1998 A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe
  • 1997 Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • 1996 Creating Killer Websites: The Art of Third-Generation Site Design by David Siegel
  • 1995 How to Set Up and Maintain a World Wide Web Site by Lincoln Stein

12 are fiction, 9 are non-fiction. The internet was just starting to grow big in the mid-90s, explaining the website design books. Once a character like Harry Potter becomes popular, he stays popular, reflecting the passion readers have for a series of books starring the same character.

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