When is a bestseller not necessarily a bestseller? When it’s on a ‘bestseller’ list, according to Amazon

Amazon has announced the launch of Charts, “a reimagined weekly bestseller list” that shares which books are being read the most and which books have sold the most across all formats. Amazon Charts includes data across all reading formats – whether books are bought or borrowed, listened to or read – to “accurately reflect how readers are really reading and buying books today,” said the company.

“When friends make a book recommendation, they recommend books they are really reading and loving,” said David Naggar, a vice president at Amazon. “Many well-known bestseller lists today add, remove, or re-rank books based on editorial considerations and customers have asked for a bestseller list that is based on reading engagement and sales data, rather than an opinion-based list of what books they should be paying attention to.”

The Top 20 Most Read is the first bestseller list to measure the books millions of Amazon.com customers are “really reading and listening to” by looking at the average number of daily Kindle readers and Audible listeners. The Top 20 Most Sold list ranks the most books sold, pre-ordered or borrowed each week from Amazon.com, Audible.com and Amazon Books.

“Amazon Charts is exactly what we need,” said crime fiction writer Patricia Cornwell. “Exciting and forward thinking, it will accurately represent what people are reading and investing their time into.” To see which books made the inaugural Top 20 Most Read and Top 20 Most Sold fiction and nonfiction lists visit Amazon Charts.