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New Kindle million-sellers: Baldacci, Hocking & Stephenie Meyer

November 11, 2011 | 11:09 am


This week, David Baldacci, Amanda Hocking and Stephenie Meyer joined the Amazon.com Kindle e-book million-seller club. Hocking is the second self-published author to do so. Meyer — who was one of the first five authors to reach half a million — has caught up to the other four. 

Stieg Larsson, author of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels was the first author to sell a million e-books. He was followed by James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Charlaine Harris, Lee Child, Suzanne Collins and Michael Connelly. Then self-published author John Locke became the first to sell a million Kindle e-books without the backing of a major publisher. Kathryn Stockett has published only one book, "The Help," and is the only author to sell 1 million Kindle copies of a single title. Janet Evanovich and George R.R. Martin are also Kindle million-sellers.

Counting the new trio of authors announced this week, 14 writers have sold at least 1 million Kindle e-books each. Judging by the New York Times' e-book bestseller list — which includes other vendors in in addition to Amazon — perennial bestsellers John Grisham and Nicholas Sparks might be expected to join the Kindle bestseller ranks soon.


George R.R. Martin joins Kindle million-seller club

Kathryn Stockett and Janet Evanovich become Kindle million-sellers

Independent author John Locke sells 1 million Kindle e-books, but at what cost?

— Carolyn Kellogg

Photo: David Baldacci in 2010. Credit: Grand Central Publishing