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How is Amazon using data to rank its most popular books?

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Nellie Chapman | 19 May, 2017, 06:51

With Prime Reading, those already subscribing to Amazon's annual Prime plan can now access a range of reading material - including books, comics, and magazines - on their Kindle, Kindle Fire, and Kindle mobile apps.

Every week, Amazon will publish the top 20 fiction and non-fiction books that are being read (using Kindles and Audible data) as well as the top 20 fiction and non-fiction books that are being sold through its marketplace for Kindle, print, and audio.

United Kingdom is the second market to receive the Amazon Prime Reading benefit and given the popularity of the Prime programme in as many countries, as it has been launched, the arrival of this feature to other countries with Amazon Prime members seems imminent.

"When friends make a book recommendation, they recommend books they are really reading and loving", he said in a statement. We're excited to give book lovers Charts to help them discover their next great read. Others like Jellybooks have also tried to build a recommendation and discovery platform on this premise. Within that, Amazon is also providing mini dashboards providing other measurements of how a book is being consumed. Just say, "Alexa, what are the most popular books this week?" to learn about books on this week's Amazon Charts.

And you're not limited to a particular number of books and comics, either.

Prime Reading is being added to the Prime membership arsenal at no additional cost, meaning you get it as part of the existing Prime pricing structure, which is £7.99 a month or £79 a year.

On Android, you'll need to navigate to the store (which is actually just Amazon's web page) and sign in for a second time to see a list of Prime books.