Amazon Publishing’s Ebook Surge Explained

shutterstock_191723222With the film version of The Fault in Our Stars making a splash in theaters this week, John Green’s YA novel finds itself securely at the top of our ebook best-seller list.

Conspicuously absent, though, are four Amazon titles in the Kindle First program, allowing Prime subscribers one free download per month of certain Amazon Publishing ebooks before they’re available to everyone else.

While The Fracking King by James Browning, Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins, One Lavender Ribbon by Heather Burch and Artful by Peter David would all have made it into the top-25 this week, the Kindle First program posed a challenge to our methodology. Without the data on hand to distinguish between free and paid downloads, we had to exclude those titles from our rankings altogether.

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