Kindle Sales Drives Dan Brown’s Inferno to Top of Amazon’s Best-Sellers in 2013

Out of the top twenty best-selling books on Amazon, only one had more print sales than Kindle sales through the world’s leading print- and e-bookseller: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg (Penguin Random House). The other 19 titles on the list, led by Dan Brown’s Inferno (Penguin Random House), sold more Kindle copies than print book copies, according to a statement from Amazon (below).

Aside from Kindle dominance, Penguin Random House is the other story of this year’s Amazon best-seller list. Nine of the 20 titles on the list were published by Penguin Random House as well as seven of the top 10. Hachette had the next most spots with five. Simon & Schuster had two, Macmillan one and three were self-published.


[Press Release]

Amazon Announces Best-Selling Books of 2013
Inferno by Dan Brown is the best-selling book overall, with Allegiant by Veronica Roth topping the list for Kids & Teens books

Inferno is also the Most Wished For and Most Gifted book of the year

Amazon today announced its best-selling adult books of 2013, best-selling Kids & Teens books, as well as the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books of the year—two new additions to the annual feature just in time for last-minute holiday gifting. Inferno by Dan Brown is the best-selling book overall, and Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed comes in at number two. Allegiant, book 3 in the popular Divergent series by Veronica Roth, is the best-selling Kids & Teens book, followed by The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. The top 20 lists take into account first editions that were published in 2013, consider only paid units, and combine print and Kindle editions. To see the full top 100 lists of Amazon’s best-selling print and Kindle books of 2013, as well as the Most Wished For and Most Gifted, visit

“Last year’s best seller list was filled with Fifty Shades and contemporary romance, but in 2013 Mysteries & Thrillers captured readers attention, with 11 of the top 20 books falling in that category,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “We’re also excited to share the Most Gifted and Most Wished For books this year. We hope all of these lists will help our customers explore great books this holiday season.”

The top 20 best-selling adult books overall are:

1. Infernoby Dan Brown
2. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
3. The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
4. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
5. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
6. The Hit by David Baldacci
7. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
8. Entwined with You by Sylvia Day
9. Never Go Back by Lee Child
10. The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
11. Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson
12. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
13. 12th of Never by James Patterson
14. Damaged: The Ferro Family by H.M. Ward
15. Killing Jesus: A History by Bill O’Reilly
16. Second Honeymoon by James Patterson
17. Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
18. The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection by J.S. Scott
19. Surrender Your Love by J.C. Reed
20. Six Years by Harlan Coben
Adult Books Fun Facts:

— Lean In is the only book on the top 20 list to sell more print copies than Kindle editions
— David Baldacci, Sylvia Day and John Grisham also made the top 10 best-selling books list in 2012
— 2013 is John Grisham’s third consecutive year on the top 10 best-selling books list
— Dan Brown also took the #1 spots in 2009 and 2004, with The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code
— The best-selling independent book, published via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace, is Damaged by H.M. Ward
— And the Mountains Echoed, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Husband’s Secret, Lean In and Doctor Sleep were also featured on the Amazon Book Editors’ Top 100 Best Books of the Year
— The top 20 best-selling Kids & Teens books overall are:

1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
2. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney
4. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans by Rush Limbaugh
5. Never Too Far by Abbi Glines
6. Out of Breath by Rebecca Donovan
7. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
8. Forever Too Far by Abbi Glines
9. Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines
10. The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan
11. A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice
12. The Fall of Five by Pittacus Lore
13. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
14. A March of Kings by Morgan Rice
15. The Grimm Diaries Prequels volume 1-6 by Cameron Jace
16. The Elite by Kiera Cass
17. A Feast of Dragons by Morgan Rice
18. Dork Diaries 6: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker by Rachel Renée Russell
19. Confessions: The Private School Murders by James Patterson
20. Requiem by Lauren Oliver

Kids & Teens Books Fun Facts:

— The same three authors—Rick Riordan, Veronica Roth and Jeff Kinney—also took the top three spots in 2012
— Two Young Adult authors—Abbi Glines and Morgan Rice—snagged five of the top 20 spots thanks to their KDP-published books
— The Day the Crayons Quit is the only picture book to make the top 20 best-selling list, and was also the Amazon Book Editors’ pick for Best Picture Book of the year.
— Allegiant, The House of Hades, The Day the Crayons Quit, and Requiem were all included in the Best Books of the Year for Kids & Teens.

Customers can place orders for these books and millions of other items through December 17 with free delivery by Christmas. Amazon Prime members can place orders up until 7 p.m. EST on December 21 to receive deliveries by December 24 using Free Two-Day Shipping (cut-off time varies by item). Kindle books can be sent up until the last minute to anyone with an email address—for immediate delivery or scheduled for a future date—or customers can print a gift notification at home for personal delivery. For more book gift ideas, visit

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection., Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle Paperwhite is the world’s best-selling and most advanced e-reader. It features new display technology with higher contrast, the next generation built-in light, a faster processor, the latest touch technology, and exclusive new features designed from the ground up for readers. Kindle, the lightest and smallest Kindle, features improved fonts and faster page turns. The new Kindle Fire HDX features a stunning exclusive 7” or 8.9” HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as exclusive new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the revolutionary new Mayday button. The all-new Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers at a breakthrough price.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including,,,,,,,,,,,, and As used herein, “,” “we,” “our” and similar terms include, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment and data center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect’s financial results is included in’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.