Unofficial Best Seller Chart
Posted On: 2013-10-23
by: James J Jones

23, 2013
Wouldn't it be wonderful if Amazon publicly provided the numbers that showed the correlation between book ranking and the amount of books sold? Obviously the higher the ranking the more books will be sold, but to have some kind of guideline would be extremely useful, right?

Based on the Best Seller Rank for my books, here is my latest unofficial Best Seller Chart. It makes very educated estimations about how many sales one can expect to make based on book ranking position. All books sold are written as number of sales/per month. So for example, 5 sales per month is written as 5/mo.
All sales are also approximate . A book's selling success is contingent on a wide variety of factors (topic, niche, cover image, reviews, etc.) so just because your book is at a certain ranking doesn't guarantee that your book will sell this many copies (it could even sell more!). This figure is a good approximation or average of what books sales will be according to the ranking.
These estimations are derived from my own and other publisher's figures. It is not an exact science but these are good projections nonetheless.
Book Ranking Books Sold/Per Month
200,000 - Up sells 0-1/ mo.
175,000 - 199,999 sells 2/mo.
150,000 - 174,999 sells 4/mo.
125,000 - 149,999 sells 8/mo.
100,000 - 124,999 sells 10/mo.
75,000 - 99,999 sells 25/mo.
50,000 - 7 4,999 sells 35/mo.
40,000 - 49,999 sells 55/mo.
30,000 - 39,999 sells 75/mo.
25,000 - 29,999 sells 100/mo.
20,000 - 24,999 sells 200/mo.
15,000 - 19,999 sells 300/mo.
10,000 - 14,999 sells 400/mo.
5,000 - 9,999 sells 650/mo.
1,000 - 4,999 sells 1000/mo.
500 - 999 sells 1500/mo.
1 - 499 sells 2500/mo.
Though these figures are approximations, the very real benefit to get highly ranked in a good niche are certainly evident.

The niche must of course be a lucrative niche - if your eBook is #1 in a niche that no one is searching for, you might have a decent amount of sales every month but you probably won't be raking in thousands of sales every month.

On the other hand, if your eBook is ranked #1,550 in a hot niche, you might be able to earn more money at that ranking compared to being highly-ranked in an unpopular niche. Even though the hot niche may be fiercely competitive you can still get a lot of sales and revenue every month from just being semi-highly ranked. This is something to consider when researching eBook ideas.

Until next time,
James J.Jones