Most profitable kindle categories to hit the jackpot on Amazon

Amazon has defined 31 major Kindle categories. Obviously they are organized alphabeticaly, which is very practical for readers. Not so much for self published writers trying to find the most profitable kindle categories to increase their income!

What if we messed with this natural and arbitrary order?

Let’s rank these categories differently, hopefully you will know more about readers preferences and learn to target the best kindle categories to increase your income!

All data presented hereafter is available on Kindle Ranker if you want to replicate the results (I twisted the display page a bit to only show relevant data to each paragraph).

Top 10 most competitive kindle categories on Amazon

As you can guess, we define a competitive kindle category as a category where most new writers will struggle to break in to the front page of the Kindle bestseller list (50 first books). Based on this definition, we can order kindle bestseller lists as follows:

 

I am sure you can hit a spike of 90 or 100 daily book sales decent promotion tools and make it to the “History” bestseller list for instance, but it is another story to achieve the same number consistently and organically (no ads, no bookbub, no email pestering, etc.)

I was a bit surprised by the “Biographies & Memoirs“, “History” and “Religion & Spirituality” Amazon book categories showing up on this list. No indie blogger ever lists them as top Kindle bestselling categories, yet here they are among the most competitive ones!

Keep in mind that this study only focuses on the 31 main Kindle categories on Amazon.
There are much more accessible sub categories in “Literature & Fiction“,  (Check out my article on Historical Fiction for instance) so do not despair and keep writing. I will break down subcategories in futrue posts 😉

Top 10 most competitive Amazon book categories

Kindle eBooks -> Literature & Fiction
Kindle eBooks -> Romance
Kindle eBooks -> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Kindle eBooks -> Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kindle eBooks -> Nonfiction
Kindle eBooks -> Teen & Young Adult
Kindle eBooks -> Biographies & Memoirs
Kindle eBooks -> Religion & Spirituality
Kindle eBooks -> Children’s eBooks
Kindle eBooks -> History

Top 10 most profitable kindle categories

The most competitive criteria may spike your curiosity a couple of seconds, but what you really want to know is which kindle categories are most profitable.

That depends on two main factors: the median price of books listed as Kindle bestsellers and the book’s daily sales.
If we crunch the numbers, we get the following order :

 

Literature & fiction” is always on top with a staggering sales volume of $462,473 per month and that’s just an average! Some kindle books are likely selling much more, while others are far behind.

Does it mean that there are authors making 6 figuree income every month? If they are indie authors you bet your sweet face they are, though you need to account for Amazon’s cut (30 to 65% depending on a variety of factors).

If they are traditionnally published, it is the publishing house that gets the lion’s share then gives their due to the author (8-10% of the book’s price usually).

You can see that some Amazon book categories are very cheap, around $2.99 per book (Romance) for instance. But they sell a lot of copies to compensate and still end up in front of more expensive categories like “Children’s ebooks”.

However, if you are an indie writer who just started dabbling with self publishing, maybe you would rather go with the “Children’s ebooks” category given it’s relatively low bestseller threshold. Less marketing efforts and less advertisint cost for a pretty good payout!

When deciding about your pricing strategy keep these numbers in mind and align your strategy with the category’s pricing model.

Top 10 Kindle bestseller lists with the highest income

Kindle eBooks -> Literature & Fiction
Kindle eBooks -> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Kindle eBooks -> Nonfiction
Kindle eBooks -> Romance
Kindle eBooks -> Biographies & Memoirs
Kindle eBooks -> Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kindle eBooks -> Children’s eBooks
Kindle eBooks -> Teen & Young Adult
Kindle eBooks -> Politics & Social Sciences
Kindle eBooks -> Health, Fitness & Dieting

Top 10 Kindle categories where indie writers are most succesful

Now, which categories are buzzing with indie authors? Or to phrase it more accurately, which best seller lists are conquered by indie authors…Remember that we only look at best seller lists, not the whole category.

I honestly expected “Literature & Fiction” to be on top..or at least “Romance”, but no..The winner is “Kindle eBooks -> Foreign Languages” with a high 65% ratio of indie books!

Kindle eBooks -> Foreign Languages“, “Kindle eBooks -> Education & Teaching“, “Kindle eBooks -> Humor & Entertainment“…These are not categories that indie blogs talk about, yet the data is clear. These are the categories where indie authors are most successful!

This particular result set varies frequently due to ever changing rank orders. One clear pattern emereges however. Non fiction categories tend to reward more indie authors than their fiction counterpart. Most fiction categories hover around 10-25% indie books in their front page bestseller lists.

 

Top 10 Amazon book categories where indie writers are most succesful

Kindle eBooks -> Foreign Languages
Kindle eBooks -> Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender eBooks
Kindle eBooks -> Education & Teaching
Kindle eBooks -> Computers & Technology
Kindle eBooks -> Romance
Kindle eBooks -> Crafts, Hobbies & Home
Kindle eBooks -> Humor & Entertainment
Kindle eBooks -> Religion & Spirituality
Kindle eBooks -> Science Fiction & Fantasy
Kindle eBooks -> Reference

So there you have it! Three very different to look at Kindle bestseller lists when considering your next title. If you would like to have another metric added to Kindle Ranker, drop me an email 😉

I will try to do the same for sub categories in future posts so stay tunned!

Cheers,

Alex from KR

2 thoughts on “Most profitable kindle categories to hit the jackpot on Amazon

  1. […] In a previous post we only looked at the competitiveness of the 31 main Kindle categories, but let’s push it a bit further and englobe the whole 5000 Amazon book categories in this study! Pretty ambitious right? […]

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