Bestselling ebooks Christmas 2011

If you’re looking for information on ebook sales in Australia, stats can be pretty hard to come by. While Nielsen BookScan charts the bestselling books in Australia each week, they are yet to break out ebook sales, and individual retailers are reluctant to share sales data. However, these ebook charts from bookshops Pages & Pages, Avid Reader and Readings, released during the Christmas period, show a diverse range of bestsellers, including many that have appeared in bestseller charts for print books over the past few months. These charts give a sense of the type of customer that enjoys buying from each particular bookshop.

Collins Booksellers recently began using Kobo for ebooks, which is also used by the Borders and Angus & Robertson websites. The Kobo chart shows the ebooks that Australian readers purchased during Christmas.

The charts by Apple and Google represent some of the ebook sales after Christmas in Australia, but are continually updated (on a daily or weekly basis). They give an indication of what books are currently popular.

Pages & Pages Booksellers, Sydney (Christmas)
Ebook provider: ReadCloud

  1. Caleb’s Crossing (Geraldine Brooks, Fourth Estate)
  2. Go the F**k to Sleep (Adam Mansbach, illus by Ricardo Cortés, Text)
  3. Harry Curry: Counsel of Choice (Stuart Littlemore, HarperCollins)
  4. A Captain of the Gate (John Birmingham, HarperCollins)
  5. Bereft (Chris Womersley, Scribe)
  6. Hiroshima Nagasaki (Paul Ham, HarperCollins)
  7. Micro (Michael Crichton, HarperCollins)
  8. Susanna An Erotic Adventure: Triptych 1 (Krissy Kneen, Text)
  9. The Apothecary (Maile Meloy, Text)
  10. The Marriage Plot (Jeffrey Eugenides, Fourth Estate)
Avid Reader Bookshop, Brisbane (Christmas)
Ebook provider: Booki.sh

  1. Whispering Death (Garry Disher, Text)
  2. Autumn Laing (Alex Miller, A&U)
  3. The Best Australian Stories 2011 (ed by Cate Kennedy, Black Inc.)
  4. The Family Law (Benjamin Law, Black Inc.)
  5. I Love You but I’m Not in Love with You: Seven Steps to Saving Your Relationship (Andrew G Marshall, Bloomsbury)
  6. Eating and Drinking Melbourne (ed by Dale Campisi et al, Hardie Grant)
  7. The 2012 Foodies’ Guide to Brisbane (Karen Reyment, Hardie Grant)
  8. Silence (Rodney Hall, Pier 9)
  9. With My Body (Nikki Gemmell, Fourth Estate)
  10. The Many Worlds of R H Mathews (Martin Thomas, A&U)
Readings Books, Melbourne (Christmas)
Ebook provider: Booki.sh

  1. Quarterly Essay 41 The Happy Life (David Malouf, Black Inc.)
  2. You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead (Marieke Hardy, A&U)
  3. Quarterly Essay 43 (Robert Manne, Black Inc.)
  4. Readings and Writings: Forty Years in Books  (ed by Jason Cotter & Michael Williams, Readings Books)
  5. Melbourne (Sophie Cunningham, NewSouth)
  6. Quarterly Essay 40 Trivial Pursuit (George Megalogenis, Black Inc.)
  7. Bereft (Chris Womersley, Scribe)
  8. Sarah Thornhill (Kate Grenville, Text)
  9. Sideshow: Dumbing down Democracy (Lindsay Tanner, Scribe)
  10. The Bogan Delusion (David Nichols, Affirm Press)
Kobo (Christmas)

  1. Second Son: Jack Reacher Short Story (Lee Child, Transworld Digital)
  2. The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Penguin)
  3. The Unremarkable Heart (Karin Slaughter, Cornerstone Digital)
  4. Saving Rachel (John Locke, Smashwords)
  5. Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Stories (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  6. Zero Day (David Baldacci, Macmillan)
  7. The Drop: Harry Bosch Mystery 15 (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  8. Bloody Valentine (James Patterson, Cornerstone Digital)
  9. Letter from Chicago (Cathy Kelly, HarperCollins)
  10. The Ugly Sister (Jane Fallon, Penguin)
Apple iTunes (mid-January)

  1. A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin, HarperVoyager)
  2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson, Quercus)
  3. I Heart New York (Lindsey Kelk, HarperCollins)
  4. Cosmo’s Sexiest Stories Ever (Jane Green, Jennifer Weiner, Meg Cabot, Cosmopolitan)
  5. The Help (Kathryn Stockett, Penguin)
  6. Lothaire (Kresley Cole, S&S)
  7. Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson, Little Brown)
  8. Someone Else’s Daughter (Linsey Lanier, self-published)
  9. The Smurfs Movie Storybook (Zuuka staff, Zuuka)
  10. Open Andre (Andre Agassi, HarperCollins)
Google ebooks (mid-January)

  1. Water for Elephants (Sara Gruen, A&U)
  2. A Game of Thrones (George R R Martin, HarperVoyager)
  3. The Happiest Refugee (Anh Do, A&U)
  4. Suicide Run: Three Harry Bosch Stories (Michael Connelly, Orion)
  5. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows, A&U)
  6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson, Quercus)
  7. The Fifth Witness (Michael Connelly, A&U)
  8. The Lightkeeper’s Wife (Karen Viggers, A&U)
  9. Ice Station (Matthew Reilly, Macmillan)
  10. The Dukan Diet (Pierre Dukan, Hodder)

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