Apparently at some point recently, somebody over at Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) gave it some thought and found themselves wondering why so many of their Bestsellers(63/100 as of March 12th) were never actually “sold”, as such. The plan is to eliminate the free book presence from the Kindle Bestseller list. The date on this is still up in the air as far as we know, but the apparent aim is to have two lists: one for sold books and one for free ones.
To publishers, this seems like a no-brainer. It highlights what books people are spending their money on and gives readers a chance to vote with their wallet on whether or not a book does well. Others, on the other hand, may be hit a bit hard by this move. It has become somewhat common for new or self-publishing authors to give away a free book or portion of a book in order to direct attention to their further works.
We’ll have to wait and see how this is handled, but I for one am hoping to be able to access both lists on my Kindle device rather than having to shop the website. I find it interesting to know what new finds people have made lately when I’m looking for something new to pass the time with.