Early in March I did a series of review posts on highly reader rated fiction works available for the Amazon Kindle. I used a specific set of criteria to arrive at the top 10 books in both the gay and lesbian categories. I then created a page on this site for the current top ten in both categories. That’s been updated just about weekly.
What I’ve been seeing each week is that the highly rated books, while mostly still quite popular (meaning they have good Amazon sales ranks), change little from week to week. They may move up or down a spot or two, or a number 10 may fall to 11th or 12th and another book move up only for them to switch places again the next week. In both categories there are 12-14 books that have been in the top ten for 6 weeks or more. Only two totally new (unknown prior to the start of this) books have cracked the top ten ( both gay works).
I reviewed my ranking criteria last week and decided to make just one small change to see what that would produce. Instead of ranking by the highest point rating (generated by reader reviews using a 5-star system), after all other criteria, I left the ranking set at the default, which is popularity. As I mentioned, in Amazon parlance, “popularity” is measured by sales rank. The results were very different for 19 out of 20 placings. The one book mentioned above had “crossed over” between my two sets of criteria.
As of now, I’m giving you both, highly rated gay and lesbian fiction for the Kindle and the most popular fiction for the Kindle according to sales rank and also reader reviews. For all the latest, see the Kindle page.