Amazon Best-Selling Books 2012: ‘Fifty Shades Book 3’ and ‘The Mark of Athena’ lead Top 10 list

By on Dec 23, 2012 in Internet, Lifestyle, Shopping, World Comments

Amazon has released its list of top 10 best-selling books of 2012 (Overall, print and Kindle version combined), along with this year’s top 10 best-selling books for Kids & Teens. Interestingly, E. L. James‘ controversial book “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” landed on the top of the list.

Fifty Shades Freed book cover

Fifty Shades Freed book cover
Image Credit: E. L. James via Amazon.com

According to a press release at Amazon.com late last week, Fifty Shades Book 3 was the best-selling book of 2012, and was followed by “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn, with JamesFifty Shades Trilogy (3-volume boxed set) landing on the third spot. However, the exact figures of sales were not mentioned.

“This was truly the year of the billionaire bad boy in romance—Amazon readers just couldn’t get enough of the genre.” Sara Nelson, Amazon‘s Editorial Director of Books and Kindle was quoted in the report, noting that the first two books of the Fifty Shades trilogy were released in 2011, and therefore are not included in the list.

“It’s also interesting to note that four of the five contemporary romance titles in the top 10 list, including the Fifty Shades trilogy, were originally independently published and went on to become huge best sellers.” Nelson added.

On the other hand, for the Amazon‘s best-selling Kids & Teens books for 2012, “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan landed on the first spot of the top 10, and was followed by “The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)” by Jeff Kinney.

Below is the list of the Amazon‘s top 10 best-selling books for 2012 overall and for the Kids & Teens category, while the complete list of the 2012 Top 100 Amazon best-selling books can be found at www.amazon.com/bestsellingbooks2012.

* Amazon 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

* Amazon Top 10 Best-Selling Books (Kids & Teens):

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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