How to Search Amazon and B&N for Best Sellers

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One of the best ways to understand what’s selling in the publishing industry is quite simply to read. Specifically, you want to read the current best selling books from your genre. The best selling books are doing just that – they’re selling! Reading and studying the makeup of these books will help you discover new tips and tricks that will help you write books that sell.

Here’s how to look them up on two of the most popular online booksellers, which both offer powerful search functions that will help you zero in on your targets:

Amazon.com

1. From the Amazon home page, click on Books to enter their bookstore.

Home > Books. (Click to enlarge)

2. Once in the bookstore, the main navigation bar updates to include Best Sellers as well as the New York Times Best Seller list. Click on Best Sellers. (The NYT list is great to keep an eye on, however, it doesn’t allow you to zero in on your particular genre like the Amazon best sellers does.)

Best Sellers (Click to enlarge)

3. Now, you can use the links on the left to select your particular genre.

Choose genre (Click to enlarge)

4. Once in a genre, you can dive deeper into it by clicking on a subgenre from the left.

Choose subgenre (Click to enlarge)

5. You’re there! The list of books you now see are the best selling in your niche, updated every hour. Purchase a couple and study them. Look for style, structure, character development, etc. to try and determine why these books are selling so well.

Barnes & Noble

1. From the Barnes & Noble home page, mouse over the Books link, then click Best Sellers by Subject.

Home > Best Sellers by Subject (Click to enlarge)

2. Now, you can use the links in the center of the page to select your particular genre.

Choose genre (Click to enlarge)

3. Once in a genre, you can dive deeper into it by clicking on a subgenre, price range, format and/or age group from the left.

Choose subgenre (Click to enlarge)

4. You’re there! The list of books you’re now presented with are the best selling in your genre, updated every day. Again, purchase a couple and study them!

 

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