What is the Most Popular Book Genre?

atkins-bookshelf-booksIn general, compared to literary works, short stories, and poetry, genre books are more popular, generating dramatically higher sales. Although the genre niche is dominated by big names (eg, Danielle Steel, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, Paul Coelho, John Grisham), budding authors are placing their collective stake in the ground. Due to the increased popularity of e-books, self-published authors now generate 20% of sales in the genre market. Consider the story of E. L. James who began her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy as self-published  Twilight fan fiction on her website. The book went viral and was quickly picked up by Vintage Books. In 2011, Vintage Books published James’ novel as a hardcover, paperback, and e-book (many women purchased e-book because they were too embarrassed to buy the print copy). As of June 2015, the book sold more than 125 million copies, and established a new subgenre in erotic romance: mommy porn. Although many romance writers frown on erotic romance (particularly mommy porn), there is serious money to be made when sex gets kinky and wild — consider James has earned more than $60 million from just the trilogy alone.

Here are the best-selling, most popular book genres based on data from the Romance Writer’s of America Association (2014):

Romance/Erotica: $1.44 billion

Crime/Mystery: $728.2 million

Religious/Inspirational: $720 million

Science Fiction and Fantasy: $590.2 million

Horror: $79.6 million

Now get your whip, I mean pen or laptop, and get cracking…

Read related posts: Best-selling Books of All Time
Best-selling books from a Century Ago
Best-selling Banned Books

For further reading: http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/which-5-book-genres-make-the-most-money/

 

 

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