Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has overtaken Harry Potter to become the top-selling book series of all time on Amazon. The figures, announced today, take into account print and Kindle sales combined.
The first book in Collins’ series was published in 2008, eleven years after the release of the first Harry Potter book. It’s also worth noting that there are only three Hunger Games books, compared to seven in the Harry Potter range. Clearly, Collins’ books have been selling like wildfire. In its press release announcing the news, Amazon is also careful to note that both series are available free for Prime readers to rent.
Earlier this month, Amazon announced that E.L. James’ Fifty Shades… trilogy has knocked Harry Potter off the top spot in the UK. It seems clear that in both the US and the UK, the sheer number of books (in all formats) is increasing significantly, although critics argue that in fact sales are increasingly focusing on high-profile releases at the expense of a broader range of titles.