Kindle: Confused, surprised, but okay with it

I’m still surprised by my Kindle sales for “To Beat the Devil.” After receiving Mike’s email and a few from other writers asking me what I’d done to promote sales, I began finding out how to check for sales ranking and the list for the top 100 books selling on Kindle.
What even surprised me more was that “Stairway to the Bottom” also is on the top 100 list of books on Kindle. Both books get two rankings and I don’t understand that. It seems they are in different categories.
If some can explain to me how “Stairway to the Bottom” has better – lower ranking, think golf, the lower the score the better – ranking than “To Beat the Devil,” let me know. Now, “To Beat the Devil” is rated between 5,000 to 6,000+ and moves between the 60s and 70s on the list. “Stairway to the Bottom” is rated at 22,000+ and moves between the 40s and 50s on the list!
I can’t make sense out of it, but I’m not complaining, I’m just baffled. You’d think the rating would be based on sales and if that was the case, “To Beat the Devil” should have lower place on the top 100 list.
Anyone out there that can explain what Amazon is doing or Kindle is doing or how they do it, please let me know. I’m happy to have two books on the top 100 list, but I am also confused. Please help!

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2 Responses to Kindle: Confused, surprised, but okay with it

  1. I’m just guessing here but I’m wondering if the position on the top 100 list is based just on sales. I know ranking is based on a bunch of things besides sales: relatively new release, number and average of reviews, price, etc.

    I’m curious to see what others may know about this.

    But congrats either way!! Two books on the top 100 list is quite awesome.

  2. Petr Šimon says:

    The ranking algorithm is definitely not based only on sales. You might want to have a look here: http://www.lindsayburoker.com/amazon-kindle-sales/recent-amazon-algorithm-changes/
    And before I forget: Congratulations on your sales!

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