January 9, 2014 Last Updated 10:40 am

Thin Reads publishes its 2013 best seller list of eBook Singles

Lee Child’s “High Heat” and Stephan Talty’s “The Secret Agent” top 2013 list

Press Release:

New York, NY – January 9, 2014 –– “High Heat,” Lee Child’s novella about young Jack Reacher in New York City during the blackout of 1977, topped the Kindle Singles best-seller lists for 12 weeks in 2013, more than any other fiction e-book single. Another Lee Child Kindle Single featuring Jack Reacher, “Deep Down,” spent seven weeks as the best-selling fiction Kindle Single.

“The Secret Agent,” a dazzling true story about a World War II spy who duped the Nazis, ranked as the best-selling Kindle Single for 12 weeks as well, more than any other nonfiction story. The story was written by Stephan Talty, who co-wrote the long-form book “A Captain’s Duty,” which formed the basis of the 2013 hit film “Captain Philips.”

Each Sunday, Thin Reads “freezes” Amazon’s Kindle Singles best-seller lists and creates its own weekly top 10 lists for nonfiction and fiction Kindle Singles. Those lists are then published online by Thin Reads. The 2013 Thin Reads best-seller rankings is based on an analysis of its weekly best-seller lists.

“It’s clear from studying the 2013 best-seller lists that Kindle Single consumers prefer their fiction from well-known, mass-market authors,” said Howard Polskin, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Thin Reads. “The nonfiction list is much more eclectic and the top-sellers appear to be mostly driven by topic, not the author of the piece. Murder, mayhem and war appeal to nonfiction Kindle Single readers, based on our analysis.”

Here are the complete rankings for the year.

FICTION (weeks as best-selling fiction Kindle Single)
1. “High Heat,” by Lee Child (12)
2. “Pros and Cons,” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg ((9)
3. “Deep Down,” by Lee Child (7)
4. “A Textbook Case,” by Jeffery Deaver (6)
5. “Wilderness,” by Dean Koontz (5)
6. “The Color War,” by Jodi Picoult (4)
7. “Rendezvous,” by Nelson DeMille (4)
8. “Lost and Found,” by Debbie Macomber (3)
9. “Rules for Virgins,” by Amy Tan (1)
10 “Phoenix,” by Chuck Palahniuk (1)

NONFICTION (weeks as best-selling nonfiction Kindle Single)
1. “The Secret Agent,” by Stephan Talty (12)
2. “Murder in the Yoga Store,” by Peter Ross Range (8)
3. “Mayflower: The Voyage from Hell,” by Kevin Jackson (7)
4. “Guns,” by Stephen King (5)
5. “Dresden: A Survivor’s Story,” by Victor Gregg (5)
6. “An Unexpected Twist,” by Andy Borowitz (4)
7. “Trial by Fury,” by Douglas Preston (3)
8. “It’s All in Your Head,” by Eva Hagberg (2)
9. “Searching for Dave Chappelle,” by Jason Zinoman (2)
10. “Anthony Bourdain: The Kindle Single Interview,” by David Blum (1)
11. “Gloria Steinem: The Kindle Single Interview,” by Salamishah Tillet (1)
12. “Cocaine Cowgirl,” by Jennie Erin Smith (1)
13. “Here’s the Deal,” by Dave Leonhardt (1)

About Thin Reads
Thin Reads is the world’s only content company devoted exclusively to the burgeoning world of e-book singles. Its website features reviews, author interviews, news of the e-book single marketplace, analysis of the Kindle Singles top 10 best-sellers, and a comprehensive database of more than 1,000 e-book singles.

  • […] Thin Reads publishes its 2013 best seller list of eBook Singles Talking New Media New York, NY – January 9, 2014 –– “High Heat,” Lee Child's novella about young Jack Reacher in New York City during the blackout of 1977, topped the Kindle Singles…  […]

  • […] Talking New Media reports that Thin Reads has released its eBook singles best-seller list for 2013. […]

  • […] Best-Selling E-Singles (Talking New Media) High Heat by Lee Child (Penguin Random House) topped the list of fiction e-single best-sellers. It hit Digital Book World’s Ebook Best-Seller list on several occasions in 2013. […]

  • […] Thin Reads publishes its 2013 best seller list of eBook Singles New York, NY – January 9, 2014 –– “High Heat,” Lee Child's novella about young Jack Reacher in New York City during the blackout of 1977, topped the Kindle Singles best-seller lists for 12 weeks in 2013, more than any other fiction e-book single … Read more on Talking New Media […]