Bestsellers aren’t what they seem

Kobo's inaugural book report makes interesting reading
Kobo's inaugural book report makes interesting reading

In their inaugural book report, eReader makers Kobo look beyond the bestseller.

Michael Tamblyn, Kobo president and chief content officer, said: “A book’s position on the bestseller list may indicate it’s bought, but that isn’t the same as it being read or finished.

“A lot of readers have multiple novels on the go at any given time, which means they may not always read one book from start to finish before jumping into the next great story.

“People may wait days, months, or even until the following year to finish certain titles.

“And many exercise that inalienable reader’s right to set down a book if it doesn’t hold their interest.”

For this reason, the typical bestseller list often looks very different when you compare books purchased versus books read cover to cover.

Kobo Book Report’s UK bestseller list:

1 One Cold Night – Katia Lief

2 Gone Again – Doug Johnstone

3 Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn

4 The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

5 My Sister’s Keeper 
– Bill Benners

6 The Husband’s Secret – 
Liane Moriarty

7 The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

8 Her Last Letter – Nancy C. Johnson

9 Twelve Years a Slave – Solomon Northup

10. Bloody Valentine – James Patterson

And here’s their most completed books of 2014:
1 Rotten to the Core - Casey Kelleher

2 The Tycoon’s Vacation – Melody Anne

3 The Traitor – Kimberley Chambers

4 Concealed in Death – J. D. Robb

5 Wrongful Death - Lynda La Plante

6 All Revved Up - Sylvia Day

7 Present Danger - Stella Rimington

8 The Empty Cradle - Rosie Goodwin

9 The Witness - Nora Roberts

10 The Promise (Fallen Star Series, Book 4) – Jessica 
Sorensen