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The most popular Kindle books of all time are mostly written by women

Happy birthday, Kindle!

Nov. 19, 2017, marks a whopping 10 years since the debut of the Amazon Kindle. And whether you’re a die-hard ereader or you prefer to stick with physical books, it’s hard to deny that the Kindle has indelibly shaped the book world, allowing readers to carry a personal library around with them everywhere.

In honor of the Kindle’s 10-year anniversary, Amazon released new data from Amazon Charts, sharing some of the most popular Kindle books of all time, based on Kindle sales in both fiction and nonfiction.

Notably, the entire list of the top 10 most popular fiction books on Kindle star female protagonists, and nine of the 10 books were written by female authors. The only male writer on the fiction list is John Green for his novel The Fault In Our Stars. Also, for fiction, all of the most popular novels also have had movie adaptations (or have movie adaptations upcoming), and six of the 10 are entries in book trilogies. In other words, readers are finding characters they love and stick with them.

The results of the most popular nonfiction books are more varied. Readers devoured topics ranging from deep dives back into World War II to Cheryl Strayed’s hike through the Pacific Crest Trail to self-help on how to speak the language of love.

Check out the full list of results for the most popular Kindle books of all time below.

Top 10 Kindle books of all time (fiction)

1. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James

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2. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1) by Suzanne Collins

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3. Catching Fire (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2) by Suzanne Collins

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4. Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins

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5. Fifty Shades Darker by E L James

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6. Fifty Shades Freed by E L James

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7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

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8. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

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9. The Help by Katherine Stockett

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10. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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Top 10 Kindle books of all time (nonfiction)

1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

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2. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Lynn Vincent

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3. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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4. The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown

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5. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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6. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Gary Chapman

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7. Bossypants by Tina Fey

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8. American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in the U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice

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9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

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10. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacksby Rebecca Skloot

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Pirated ebooks threaten the future of book series

With 4m or 17% of all online ebooks being pirated, novelists including Maggie Stiefvater and Samantha Shannon say theft by fans puts their books at risk

The bestselling American fantasy novelist Maggie Stiefvater is leading a chorus of writers warning readers that if they download pirated ebooks, then authors will not be able to continue writing because they will be unable to make a living.

Stiefvater, the author of the Shiver and Raven Cycle series, raised the issue after she was contacted on Twitter by a reader who told her: I never bought ur books I read them online pirated. On her website, Stiefvater later explained that, when ebook sales for the third book in the Raven Cycle Blue Lily, Lily Blue dropped precipitously, her publisher decided to cut the print run of the next book in the series to less than half of its predecessors.

This is also where people usually step in and say, but that’s not piracy’s fault. You just said series naturally declined, and you just were a victim of bad marketing or bad covers or readers just actually don’t like you that much, wrote Stiefvater, who had seen fans sharing pdfs online and was intent on proving that piracy had affected the Raven Cycle. So she and her brother created a pdf of The Raven King, which consisted of just the first four chapters, repeated, and a message explaining how piracy affected books.

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But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two Maggie Stiefvater. Photograph: Johnny Louis/Getty Images

The effects were instant. The forums and sites exploded with bewildered activity. Fans asked if anyone had managed to find a link to a legit pdf. Dozens of posts appeared saying that since they hadn’t been able to find a pdf, they’d been forced to hit up Amazon and buy the book. And we sold out of the first printing in two days.

Stiefvater revealed that she is now writing three more books set in the Raven Cycle world, but that the new trilogy nearly didn’t exist because of piracy. And already I can see in the tags how Tumblr users are talking about how they intend to pirate book one of the new trilogy for any number of reasons, because I am terrible or because they would rather die than pay for a book, she wrote. As an author, I can’t stop that. But pirating book one means that publishing cancels book two. This ain’t 2004 anymore. A pirated copy isn’t good advertising or great word of mouth or not really a lost sale.

According to the Intellectual Property Offices latest study of online copyright infringement, 17% of ebooks read online are pirated around 4m books.

Ebook piracy is a very significant issue and of great concern to publishers, said Stephen Lotinga of the Publishers Association, which works to take down and block pirated ebooks links and sites. As an industry we’ve not had the situation that the music and film industries have gone through, Lotinga said. But that obviously is 4m ebooks that authors and publishers aren’t getting paid for and should be getting paid for, and its a particular worry for publishers at a time when ebook sales are slightly in decline.

Last week, a poll on piracy from Hank Green, the brother of the bestselling novelist John Green, was responded to by more than 35,000 people. Just over a quarter (26%) said they had pirated books in the past, while 5% said they currently pirate books.

Samantha Shannon, the author of the Bone Season series, said that attempting to stay on top of pirated editions of her books was a Sisyphean task. I think all authors experience it to some degree, unfortunately. Its a reality of modern publishing, she said. I don’t often look for pirated copies of my books, as I find it too dispiriting, but I do batch-send links to my publisher now and again in the hope that they can remove some of them.

Shannon wrote on Twitter that the thing that’s really exhausting about piracy is that authors are often not allowed to be upset by the theft of their work. If we ask people not to do it, no matter how courteously, were told we should have more compassion or be grateful we even have readers. Outside the creative industry, people broadly dislike theft. Within the creative industry, it becomes a grey area where people aren’t sure.

Authors who ask you not to pirate are not attacking people who are too poor to afford books or people who genuinely cant access libraries, wrote Shannon but Lotinga at the Publishers Association said that those people were not often the perpetrators. Ebook pirates tend to be from better-off socio-economic groups and to be aged between 31 and 50-something. It’s not the people who cant afford books, he said. It’s not teenagers in their rooms.

Novelist Laura Lam wrote on Twitter: I’m personally not bothered by the small percentage of readers who pirate because they have no access to books any other way. But for readers, I think that’s a small percentage. I’m more heartbroken by those who can easily afford books but pirate anyway. Any sales lost via those readers will have a very real impact on my career.

According to a survey carried out by the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, the median income of a professional author in 2013 was 11,000, a drop of 29% on 2005.

Lam said that she had a trilogy canceled by her first publisher three weeks after book two came out. That’s an instance where if even a couple hundred had pirated instead of buying, it had repercussions. Long-term, that publisher went bankrupt and I re-sold it to my new publisher, but it was still a challenge at the time. Not everyone gets a second chance.

Fantasy novelist Tom Pollock said that readers needed to be aware of the consequences of pirating In an economy based on market signals, the signal being sent if people pirate rather than buy or borrow is: Nobody wants this.

He added: There’s an argument that you sometimes see that a download is not equal to a lost sale, because that person wouldn’t have bought it anyway, and there’s varying evidence on that, but its very much a static analysis of a dynamic problem, because if you normalise the practice of pirating books, you erode incentive for people to pay for them, so eventually, people who would have bought them stop doing so.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/nov/06/pirated-ebooks-threaten-future-of-serial-novels-warn-authors-maggie-stiefvater