Amazon has just launched an author-ranking page that’s based on sales of an author’s entire body of work and is updated hourly.
The page can be viewed here.
The move is likely aimed at both readers and authors. For readers, it provides a way to discover other books by authors that may be topping best-seller lists. For authors, it provides both a benchmark for performance and a blueprint for success — (read: “how am I doing against other authors and what kinds of authors are successful right now”).
The top 100 authors are displayed. Topping the list currently are authors who are on top of best-seller lists with sexually charged works: Sylvia Day for her popular Crossfire novels and E.L. James for the mega-hit Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Many best-selling e-books from the past few months have been characterized as “erotic romance,” “new adult contemporary” and, in some cases, harsher terms.
Of course, many authors who publish what can be called perhaps more “family friendly” material are on the list, including Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins, both famous for books aimed at a younger set.
The list may have some kinks to work out. For instance, current Nos. 9 and 10, Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, are both getting credit for books they co-wrote, including the recent release Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.