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martitalbott

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How many books are there for sale on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 9:19 AM
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I found this one this morning. It's out of publication, but here's the rank. I had no idea there were this many and counting.

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,273,755 in Books

Edited by: martitalbott on Oct 26, 2013 7:16 PM
linn427

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 11:30 AM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Here is your answer. Hasn't sold a single copy that I'm aware of:

http://amzn.com/0988410516

#12,493,484 in Books
keithrogan

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 12:36 PM   in response to: linn427 in response to: linn427
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Twelve MILLION books?
martitalbott

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:40 PM   in response to: keithrogan in response to: keithrogan
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Frightening, isn't it. No wonder it's hard to sell one these days.
martitalbott

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:41 PM   in response to: linn427 in response to: linn427
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I think it has to sell one copy to get a rank. Someone's mom probably has it displayed on her coffee table.
keithrogan

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:47 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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I suppose you have to look at the positive side. If your book is below the 120K rank, you're in the top 1% of authors!

Somehow I had the idea there were about 2 million books on Amazon. I find twelve million to be overwhelming.
linn427

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:55 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Actually, I did place an order for it, but cancelled it soon after. I think that's how it got a ranking. And no, my mom doesn't have a copy : )
linn427

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 1:56 PM   in response to: keithrogan in response to: keithrogan
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Two million eBooks. Twelve million physical books. Apparently, **cough**.
maverickzod

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:22 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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Huh, I figured there would be much more.
ericvonjed

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jan 27, 2013 4:43 PM   in response to: keithrogan in response to: keithrogan
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Yay! I’m a 1%er! Ranked above the 120,000 threshold!
Now I gotta go out and get me one of them 1% jackets!

But seriously…

I have watched the number of ebooks on Zon grow from 1.2 mil to 1.9 mil over two years. That’s an increase of 700K ebooks on Zon. I thought it would be a lot more than that, considering all the books added that aren’t in English, and the other-language editions of books that were already published as ebooks. Really, the number of ebooks on Zon should have quadrupled in two years.

I know the number of titles I’ve published through KDP over the past two years has gone from just my one masterpiece that had sat in drawer for two decades to thirteen total titles because I wrote and published more stuff these past two years.
The Book Bomber

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Oct 26, 2013 5:42 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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I have had a book on Amazon for some time. Right now it is ranked #805,000. I've seen it go as high as 130,000, 140,000. But the rankings are very volatile. And with the proliferation of the vanity book market, now anyone and their cat can put one on Amazon. But like they say, cream rises to the top. I've sold almost 1,000 copies. To put it in perspective for you, or to consider the competition as well as the general demise of the book industry, when I get to 1,000 sold, I'll be doing better than 90% of authors who publish. Bottom line, if you're looking to become famous or rich publishing, the ONLY way you can do it is through excessive marketing. The majority of the work these days comes AFTER publishing.
Marc Kupper

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Re: How many books are there for sale on Amazon?
Posted: Jul 15, 2015 11:28 PM   in response to: martitalbott in response to: martitalbott
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There are two ways to get the book counts.

1) Go to http://www.amazon.com/b/?node=283155 and look at the left margin. At present the counts are:
Format
Paperback (28,487,080)
Hardcover (10,227,389)
Kindle Edition (2,580,787)

Condition
New (26,246,674)
Used (26,155,918)
Collectible (1,418,716)

2) In the search box at the top of the Amazon screen you can put a minus sign or hyphen before a word to search for titles that do not contain that word. Search for -somenonsensethatisnotaword and it will show

1-12 of 54,746,215 results for Books : "-somenonsensethatisnotaword"

Note that "somenonsensethatisnotaword" is not special. Put any junk in there that's not likely to be a word in any language. The important part is the hyphen or minus sign in front of it.

While the left margin of this search result is similar to the one shown in the method #1 above it's missing the Format section meaning we don't know the hardcover/paperback/Kindle/etc. breakdown. One way to get the Kindle count is to search for -somenonsensethatisnotaword Kindle
The top of the result page shows
1-12 of 3,658,014 results for Books : Kindle Edition : "-somenonsensethatisnotaword Kindle"

The left margin now has a "Book Format" section but only with "Kindle Edition" as a sub-option.

It's not clear why method one above shows 2.6 million Kindle editions and method two shows 3.7 million Kindle editions.
vicki graybosch

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Re: How many books are there for sale on Amazon?
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 5:17 AM   in response to: Marc Kupper in response to: Marc Kupper
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I will report back to the forum in a week or so. Having six novels and an average of ten per day sold (not great but something) the last five days has been flat line. First time in two years!! Must have borrows because pages keep flipping......at this rate I'll sink to the bottom fairly quickly......eee gads.
onairvet

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 7:27 AM   in response to: linn427 in response to: linn427
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#12,493,484 in Books

linn427,

That's probably the number at the time you wrote and in the usual leaps and bounds is undoubtedly even more by now.

J.R.
cobra427so

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Re: How many books are there for sales on Amazon?
Posted: Jul 16, 2015 12:31 PM   in response to: linn427 in response to: linn427
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Linn, you're missing the boat if you don't have it in e-book format as well. If it sells at all, it will sell far better as an ebook than as a paperback. I have mine in ebook, paperback and audiobook; right now the audiobooks are hot because that's my newest release but my ebooks far outsold the paperbacks and audiobooks combined.

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JB
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