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The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zoo

By posted at 12:00 pm on September 24, 2012 4

coverYou’ve probably noticed that Amazon, like many sites, employs an “auto-complete” feature on its search box. When you start typing in letters, it suggests things that begin with those letters. It’s probably safe to assume that it suggests the most frequently searched words, so, if we look at Amazon’s book section we can type in letters and discover, for each letter of the alphabet, the most popular searches on Amazon. Last time we did this, about a year and half ago, the results were fairly literary and 18 months before that, vampires reigned. This time around, Fifty Shades has ushered in an era of erotic-inflected popular fiction, and diet books and YA lit figure prominently as well. You might consider this exercise, the ABCs of Amazon, to be a peek into the reading habits of America and, like it or not, a primer for what’s popular in the world of books:

(Amazon has been known to personalize and regularly adjust its results, so your Amazon alphabet may vary.)





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4 Responses to “The Amazon Alphabet: From Audio Books to Zoo”

  1. Jack M
    at 1:37 pm on September 24, 2012

    So you had to use an entry for the letter T that began with the word “the?” Tragic!

  2. MJ
    at 11:03 pm on September 24, 2012

    I did this for amazon.ca (since I am above the border). Here were the ones that differed:

    Batman
    Ebooks
    Game of Thrones
    Insurgent (by Veronica Roth, second book in a popular YA series)
    Louise Penny
    Maya Banks
    Organizational Behaviour
    Robert Munsch (he’s our Dr. Seuss…)
    Vegan
    Zadie Smith

  3. adele symonds
    at 9:19 am on September 25, 2012

    I did this for amazon.co.uk as I am in the Uk and I had 15 differences they were:

    A – Anna Karenina
    C – Clare Balding
    E – Enid Blyton
    G – Game of Thrones
    I – Ian McEwan
    M – Marian Keyes
    N – Nigella Lawson
    O-Of Mice and Men
    P – Peter James
    Q – Quilting
    R- Roald Dahl
    U – Usbourne
    V – Victoria Pendleton
    W – Wolf Hall
    Z – Zadie Smith

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