Top 10 best selling Kindle books on Amazon with reviews 2017

Last Updated: December 3, 2017

The best selling Kindle books list is always a great place to find out the latest commercial and critical hits in the literary world, with most titles now widely available for e-readers. Here’s our take on the most recent top 10 of the best selling Kindle books list on Amazon, with customer ratings as an indication of the critical consensus on each title.

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The print book vs e-book continues to run and run, but figures for best selling Kindle books and titles for other e-readers confirm that electronic reading is here to say. According to a February 17 report by AuthorEarnings.com, there are 487,298,000 sales of ebooks per year in the US, worth $3.177m.

This is followed by the UK (95,623,000, £327m); Canada (26,017,000, CAN$180m); Australia (22,463,000, AU$164m); and New Zealand (1,306,000, NZ$2.3M). and this by no means confirms the long predicted death of traditional printed books. Ebooks occupy only a share of the reading market (determined by some sources as being in the region of 40-50 percent).

In the meantime, if you are a fiction reader and have your e-reader or Kindle handy, check out our reviews of the best selling Kindle books on Amazon to get your take-anywhere reading needs sorted.

 

 

 

1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

 

 

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Acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood is back at the top of most-read lists all over the world, and on the lofty summit of the best selling Kindle books chart too, with this 1985 work–unsurprising, given the unanimous acclaim for its hugely successful 2017 US television adaptation. More than 30 years from its publication, Atwood’s nightmarish vision of life in a totalitarian regime that has overthrown the US Government remains as unsettling as ever, and rivals Orwell’s 1984 for its haunting power.

Number of Customer Reviews: 6,334
Average Review Rating: 4.1/5 stars

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2. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

 

 

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This first instalment in a series by the internationally acclaimed author Rachel Caine, Stillhouse Lake puts you in the shoes of a character who discovers that she is married to a serial killer. The gripping story unfolds after Gina Royal’s spouse is exposed and imprisoned, and she has remade her identity as Gwen Proctor. But a shadow falls across her new life as a body turns up in the lake near her home, and she receives threatening letters from an address she has known in her past life. This best selling Kindle books title will be difficult to close down once you reach the end of the first page.

Number of Customer Reviews: 2,164
Average Review Rating: 4.6/5 stars

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3. Camino Island by John Grisham

 

 

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Veteran fiction master John Grisham is set in a shadowy underworld of stolen priceless books and manuscripts. After a gang stages a daring heist from a secure vault below Princeton University’s Firestone Library, Mercer Mann, a young novelist, is commissioned by a mysterious company to go undercover and infiltrate a literary set with links to the black market. However, things soon get out of hand when Mercer learns more than she bargained for… This is Grisham in vintage form, justifiably occupying a high spot on the best selling Kindle books chart.

Number of Customer Reviews: 995
Average Review Rating: 3.8/5 stars

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4. The Letter by Kathryn Hughes

 

 

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The Letter tells the story of two women, born decades apart, but whose paths cross, with life-changing outcomes for both. In 1973, Tina, trapped in an abusive marriage, finds a sealed, unmailed letter in the pocket of a suit that has been donated to the charity shop where she works. Tina opens the letter, which is written by a young man in 1939, begging his sweetheart Chrissie for forgiveness. Obsessed with finding out what happened to the pair, Tina delivers the letter. Telling you anything more would ruin the impact of this tale by Kathryn Hughes. It’s a fantastic read.

Number of Customer Reviews: 1,655
Average Review Rating: 4.6/5 stars

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5. Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

 

 

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Sullivan’s best-selling epic novel is based on the true story of a forgotten young Italian hero and his incredible courage and resilience during the dark days of the Second World War. Teenager Pino Lella’s is thrust into the war after his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, and he joins an underground railroad to help Jews escape from Italy over the Alps. However, his parents also force him to enlist as a German solider, and aged just 18 he becomes the personal driver for Hitler’s top man in Italy, General Hans Leyers. This is an incredible story of suspense, courage and love.

Number of Customer Reviews: 5,035
Average Review Rating: 4.8/5 stars

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6. Pandemic by A.G. Riddle

 

 

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A.G. Riddle is one of the world’s best selling authors, and his latest is a compelling science-fiction thriller that readers and sci-fi experts have acclaimed as setting a new benchmark for the genre. The story is set in Africa, when teams from the World Health Organisation and Centre for Disease Control after the outbreak of a mysterious disease that is spreading quickly. However, the tale takes a twist when the investigators find out that this is not an epidemic, but part of a global experiment.

Number of Customer Reviews: 753
Average Review Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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7. The Hard Way by Lee Child

 

 

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The 10th book in the hugely popular Jack Reacher series, Lee Child does not let up the pace as ex-military cop and manhunter for hire Reacher—played by Tom Cruise in the equally popular film series—is thrust into yet another explosive situation where two innocent lives at stake. There is of course only one way that Reacher can go about tackling the situation—the hard way.

Number of Customer Reviews: 1,946
Average Review Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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8. Little Boy Lost by J.D. Trafford

 

 

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Trafford’s novel is set amid a time of simmering racial tension in St Louis, when the bodies of 13 missing African American teenagers are found in a mass grave. Attorney Justin Glass, who had been hired by an eight-year-old girl with a jar full of change to find one of the teenagers, finds that none of the missing teens cases had been investigated. The story follows Glass’s search through a violent world for a killer who is preying on the city’s forgotten and ignored youth.

Number of Customer Reviews: 232
Average Review Rating: 4.4/5 stars

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9. Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer

 

 

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Acclaimed author Julie Lawson Timmer’s Mrs Saint & The Defectives is a tale that pivots on Markie and Jesse, a fortysomething divorcée and her son who move to a new town, and their new neighbour Mrs Saint, an elderly European woman who with an eccentric network of ‘defectives’ helps to heal and mend the flaws in their community. Heartwarming, uplifting and funny.

Number of Customer Reviews: 242
Average Review Rating: 4.3/5 stars

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10. Still Life by Louise Penny

 

 

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This is the award-winning first instalment of Louise Penny’s 13-book series focusing on Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec. Gamache and his team are called in to the hamlet of Three Pines near Montreal after a local woman is found dead in the woods. The death is locally dismissed as a hunting accident, but Gamache suspects a more sinister explanation, and his hunch is soon vindicated. All elements that have made Gamache such an appealing character—his intelligence, integrity and courage—were in place even in the first chapter of Penny’s great series.

Number of Customer Reviews: 2,709
Average Review Rating: 4.3/5 stars

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