The Seattle retail giant unveiled its top-10 books of the year and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the third book of E.L. James’ extremely popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, took the top spot.
“This was truly the year of the billionaire bad boy in romance—Amazon readers just couldn’t get enough of the genre,” Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at Amazon.com, said in a press release.
The list also shows how publishers and independent publishers need each other. Four of the five contemporary romance titles in the top 10 were originally independently published before becoming huge hits and top sellers.
“The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” was the best-selling Kids & Teens book.
Steve Jobs’ biography, last year’s best-selling book, didn’t make the list this year.
The list only counts first editions that were published in 2012 and only paid units, and combine print and Kindle formats. Here’s a list of Amazon’s top 100 best-selling print and Kindle books of 2012.
The top 10 best-selling books overall:
1. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E. L. James
2. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn
3. “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set” by E. L. James
4. “Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
5. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen
6. “The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire)” by Jennifer Probst
7. “Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
8. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham
9. “Defending Jacob: A Novel” by William Landay
10. “The Innocent” by David Baldacci
The top 10 best-selling Kids & Teens books:
1. “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan
2. “The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)” by Jeff Kinney
3. “Insurgent (Divergent)” by Veronica Roth
4. “The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan
5. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
6. “City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)” by Cassandra Clare
7. “While it Lasts” by Abbi Glines
8. “The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3)” by Pittacus Lore
9. “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio
10. “Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8)” by James Patterson
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