Top Selling Kindle Ebook Topics?

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Okay Warriors...need a bit of your brainpower here...I've had a tiny bit of success writing three non-fiction Kindle ebooks...just barely into double digits, but hey, I've learned the process...

My question for you: What in your opinion would be the best niches to target with my next book? Is it the usual cast of characters, e.g. evergreen (health, wealth, happiness) or...?

Appreciate any and all ideas...
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  • Profile picture of the author andybeveridge
    I do know that IM niches do not sell well. At least mine don't. Health and fitness seems to though. It is an ever changing market and I think we will all have to keep our eye on it.
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by andybeveridge View Post

      I do know that IM niches do not sell well. At least mine don't. Health and fitness seems to though. It is an ever changing market and I think we will all have to keep our eye on it.
      I am not sure why people think this. IM books, social media, marketing etc. can do very well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Qamar
    try cooking...
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by Qamar View Post

      try cooking...
      You better be darn good cus there are people waiting to rip your cookbook to shreds if it is not.
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  • Profile picture of the author Blaine Moore
    You can rarely go too far wrong with the evergreens - but if you have expertise in a topic that can often be the difference between an "ok" book and a great book.
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  • Profile picture of the author rickfrazier1
    Amanda Hocking, probably the most successful author on Kindle, writes "young adult urban fantasy and paranormal romance"

    Not sure I could get my mind into it, but she seems to do very well with it...
    Note that she sells short series.. three books more or less...
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  • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
    Actually determining what is selling best on Kindle is very easy to do.

    Go to Amazon, go into the Kindle store, on the right hand side of the page is a drop-down menu that lets you search by several criteria. Just pick "bestsellers."

    It will give you Kindle books in order popularity.

    I just went there, clicked on the first book and then scrolled down the page a bit. Here I found this about the book that came up on top...

    Format: Kindle Edition
    File Size: 1621 KB
    Print Length: 288 pages
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster (July 12, 2011)
    Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    Language: English
    ASIN: B004ZZS4CC
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (267 customer reviews)
    267 Reviews
    5 star: (203)
    4 star: (30)
    3 star: (18)
    2 star: (12)
    1 star: (4)

    › See all 267 customer reviews...
    › See all discussions...

    Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)


    The part that is important here is the Amazon Bestsellers Rank.

    Amazon will give you what you want to know.

    :-Don
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  • Profile picture of the author Lo
    Thanks Don, this was very helpful.
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  • I understand erotica and cooking are two very hot categories when it comes to kindle.

    Good lucK!
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    • Profile picture of the author igrowyourbiz
      Originally Posted by marktheonlinesurfer View Post

      I understand erotica and cooking are two very hot categories when it comes to kindle.

      Good lucK!
      that sounds dangerous. I cooked bacon with no clothes on once as a teenager...well let's just say that was not a "sexy" feeling!
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  • Profile picture of the author blaugrana
    i think erotica still the best topic, because many people looking for fantasy
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    • Profile picture of the author TycoonRob
      Originally Posted by blaugrana View Post

      i think erotica still the best topic, because many people looking for fantasy
      I've got 3 erotica books written (it's a series) and although they're not hot sellers now, with the right kind of marketing and some GOOD REVIEWS they could easily take off.
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    • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
      Originally Posted by blaugrana View Post

      i think erotica still the best topic, because many people looking for fantasy
      Erotica can be good, but there are far easier fiction genres/sub-genres. Erotica is popular here at the WF because of the WSOs about it and because folks think it will be E-A-S-Y

      In reality there are many far larger lucrative fiction sub-genres that are also easier to promote and to avoid the adult dungeon.

      I'm not saying don't write erotica, I'm saying there are a lot of easier options ;-)

      I DO think that over the long term, many fiction sub-genres will likely be far more evergreen than many NF niches...
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  • Profile picture of the author jerzykaz
    When you look at the top 50 best selling Kindle eBooks you will notice that wealth, health and self-help are reappearing in many titles in different forms.
    I have been selling successfully with Kindle now, and you can't fail with those books.
    However, what really counts is: QUALITY of information. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I've got several inspirational fiction titles up that are selling a few copies. I'd like to get hold of a guide on Kindle marketing.
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    • Profile picture of the author paul wolfe
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I've got several inspirational fiction titles up that are selling a few copies. I'd like to get hold of a guide on Kindle marketing.
      Have you tried John Lock's "How I Sold A Million On Kindle." That's as good a starting place as any.
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Originally Posted by paul wolfe View Post

        Have you tried John Lock's "How I Sold A Million On Kindle." That's as good a starting place as any.
        It's a good read but keep in mind he fails to share that one reason he soared to popularity was because he paid thousands of dollars for fake, positive book reviews to kick start his sales.
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      • Profile picture of the author TinkBD
        Originally Posted by paul wolfe View Post

        Have you tried John Lock's "How I Sold A Million On Kindle." That's as good a starting place as any.
        A far better book, written by 10/11 folks who have done better and more ethically... is The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing. And, the cherry on top -- it's WAAAAY more current LOL

        ALL 10 authors are REAL bestsellers -- NYT and USA Today.

        The cover maybe off-putting but their information will apply to any of the popular fiction sub-genres.

        I bought the kindle version, read 5 pages and quit... I bought the paper version so I could annotate it. Two weeks ago I bowed to the inevitable and had the darn thing wire bound.

        Many of them have already made over a million in royalties, and the others are set to do so, I'm sure... probably fairly soon.

        written by 10/11 folks
        Ten pen names, one husband and wife team ;-) In case you were wondering about my math!
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    • Profile picture of the author dgiles63
      Originally Posted by travlinguy View Post

      I've got several inspirational fiction titles up that are selling a few copies. I'd like to get hold of a guide on Kindle marketing.
      I've read so, so many and they are all over the place as to what to do.

      Many seem to concur, however, that picking a hot topic is the most important thing to do. After that and creating a "quality" product is a host of things from:

      1. On site factors: Title, description, cover, amazon author pages, reviews, pricing, KDP free days, ...

      2. off site factors: review sites, web pages, social media, Youtube videos, author groups

      3. SEO factors: Keywords in name, web 2.0 syndication, press releases, book marking, backlinks

      4. Building a following: email subscribers, Facebook fan pages, writing a series of books, twitter announcements, events, virtual book signings

      And I am sure I missed 25 to 100 other things they said would help.

      I have looked at a number of trainings out there and believe that Kindling by Geoff Shaw seems to have most everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author seogame
    Apart from health and fitness, Real Estate and fashion books are quite popular
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  • Profile picture of the author zamzung
    I would say you can always go with evergreen niches, but think about different twist, or like marketers like to call it "your unique hook"... yes, there are tons of books in each of those evergreen niches but some of them are highly popular... not because they were first ones or because they are the best ones, it's because they are interesting to visitors... literally, you can't draw attention with anything else than: cover, title and reviews... reviews will come later, so you have to start with different twist on title and cover... and of course, you want to have a high quality content...

    Also, I wouldn't say it's all about the next book or that one book... I would say Kindle is still a number game... the more books you have, the more you will earn... but you must provide quality content that will force people to look for your other books...
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    • Profile picture of the author Canuckystan
      Having been in the Kindle game (fiction) for 2 years now, I think you can do much better selling a non-fiction ebook yourself with a dedicated site.

      Kindle is super ultra competitive - there are millions of titles and thousands of self-published authors adding books every month. The Kindle purchaser can browse unlimited titles and somehow has to buy yours.

      A dedicated website means the potential purchaser can't jump from one title to the next, it's a buy / not buy decision on your book at the point of sale. At least they have to consider whether to buy it - on Kindle chances are they will never even see it.

      Plus you can do much better affiliate marketing yourself than you possibly could through Kindle. And your website will give a much better overview and sample of your book than the thumbnail and description on Kindle.

      For full-time authors with full-time marketing efforts, Kindle sometimes pays off (but not always). But your own non-fiction ebook on your own site has a far better chance of making you money.

      You also have to set aside your ego - lots of folks want to show friends and family they have a book on Amazon and ignore the financial realities.

      Bottom line is that Amazon always wins with Kindle, and authors rarely do (unless you are ok with a few bucks per month).
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      • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
        Originally Posted by Canuckystan View Post


        Bottom line is that Amazon always wins with Kindle, and authors rarely do (unless you are ok with a few bucks per month).
        Wow you are so wrong on this. I know plenty of people making big bucks on Kindle. It can be life changing.
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  • Profile picture of the author tanjilovi
    Write books on Health and fitness , gym fitness etc. These are hot subjects .
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    The food and relationship niches are doing well for us. But we only have a few books on there. I have listed to TY Cohen, who is a warrior he has a course for about $1000 bucks, and it is killer. He gives his list of top performing niches on that. And I guess you should listen to him, as he is doing well over $40,000 a month on Kindle. Yes!
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    • Profile picture of the author doctorgringo
      I'm very interested. So far I've made about $100 last month on the books I have chronicling my 60 pound weight loss and some books on publishing. I will look for the information on the poster you've described with that course. Thanks!!

      I'm wondering, how do you write a cooking book if you have no recipes?
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  • Profile picture of the author clever7
    I’m glad because self-help is one of the best niches since this is my first ebook’s type. I’m still waiting for the ebook cover…

    About the top selling ebook topics we have to simply admit that novels are the top ones.

    I decided to write a second literary ebook and publish it on Kindle when I saw how many people read novels. I’ve already published a PDF with poems online a long time ago… but through Kindle everything is different. I’m a literature writer since 7-years-old. I had to abandon literature and care about other matters, but now I decided to start writing literature again for Kindle. Yesterday I wrote the first page of my second ebook for Kindle, which will be fiction and self-help at the same time, but I will sell it as a novel because it is what is selling more than anything else.

    Here are my lessons for you:

    Study the English language. Study everything you can about how to write well and all the alternatives you have at your disposal. I didn't become an excellent writer only because I had a great talent. I studied everything about my language. I never made any grammatical or orthographic mistake. I knew all the tricks to better write literature already discovered by many other writers. I also read many novels and poems.

    If you want to write fiction for Kindle, you have to study and learn how to use your talent. This is the best advice I can give you. You have no idea about how creative you can be when you know how to write well and you manage to make everyone follow your words with pleasure. Writing well depends on knowing how to use all the possibilities you have at your disposal.








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  • Profile picture of the author Rod Cortez
    The Kindle platform is just that, a platform. Yes, Amazon gets millions of visitors every single day and they do have things in place that can really help your book sales, but it's no substitute for your own marketing efforts (and those of others).

    Where I see many authors (or marketers) drop the ball is they don't promote their ebook. They don't network with others or they simply don't have a promotional strategy. I see way too many newcomers taking the "blast" approach where they crank out 1 to 4 titles a month, hoping one thing sticks. That's not going to work for very long.

    The niches that do well online can and do do well on the Kindle platform. Every ebook that I put out on Kindle has resource links back to either a content web page or blog or to my author's page (depending on what audience I'm writing for). I make sure that I collect email addresses and have a marketing funnel set up.

    And Don gave people the easiest way to see what's selling well on Kindle, though bear in mind, there are plenty of genres that sell well that are not in the top 100.

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  • Profile picture of the author sqwm1im
    Pet Care is a hot niche that is often overlooked. (Now let's watch a flurry of WSOs appear in a couple of months proclaiming this as the 'secret hot niche that nobody knows about, only $7' You heard it here first!
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