Amazon Sales Ranking

For a few hours yesterday, I had the great fun of watching Copper Star’s sales rankings on Amazon hover around the #5,000 mark. Obviously, people are buying it. How many? Well, that’s where it gets confusing.

No one has really cracked the mystery of the Amazon sales ranking.

Just to keep all of this book promotion/selling in perspective, I came across this information a while ago and tucked it away:

According to an article by Chris Anderson in the July 17, 2004 issue of Publishers Weekly…

950,000 titles out of 1.2 million tracked by Nielsen Bookscan sold fewer than 99 copies

Another 200,000 sold fewer than 1,000 copies

Only 25,000 sold more than 5,000 copies

The average book in America sells about 500 copies

Only 10 books sold more than a million copies

Fewer than 500 sold more than 100,000

Nearly 200,000 new titles are published each year

About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Ann says:

    Wow! That was confusing. They need to reach “Amazon 101 in college”. I hope you are one of 1 million dollar sells!
    XO ANN

  2. Anonymous says:

    AHHH. There’s that math thing again.