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What Genre of Publication Sells Most?

When it comes to reading, there are so many different genres out there – some much more successful than others.

You’ll probably find that even you have a favourite genre that you tend to not move away from. To find out more, we’ve put together the top 5 most popular genres on the market today.


With releases such as the Fifty Shades of Grey books, erotica and romance book sales are at an all-time high. However, the genre is more popular in eBook purchases as people tend to be too shy to purchase the books in print.

But before E.L James hit the scene, there was Danielle Steel who to this day, is worth millions due to her very successful romance and erotica novels. When it comes to writing romance books, there’s a lot of methodology behind it; certain storylines need to be featured in order to draw in the same audience time and time again.


The most successful crime and mystery novels feature a protagonist that the readers connect with and root for throughout the book. For example, readers grow to become the Watson, working alongside Sherlock, analysing every clue before moving to the next case. Crime is an interesting genre as it’s an easy way into the mind of a villain or bad person.


With the Bible being one of the biggest selling books around the globe, it’s no surprise that religious and inspirational books rank as number 3 in our list of the most popular genres.

Motivational and inspirational books have been on the rise since the early 90s with authors such as Deepak Chopra, the late Wayne Dyer and Paul McKenna releasing a number of books to improve the lifestyles of many.


Both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings series’ have been hugely popular, and since the release of their films, their popularity has grown. This genre is a huge example of a money spinner with authors such as J.K Rowling and Suzanne Collins topping the ‘World’s Richest’ lists.

Fantasies are commonly written in sagas which have a lot to do with this genre’s popularity – always drawing the audience back for more. The science fiction and fantasy audiences love to stay with the characters for as long as possible.


With Stephen King worth millions of pounds and topping many rich lists, it’s clear that horror is a very popular genre. Dean Koontz isn’t far behind with fans remaining faithful to their favourite authors. Both writers are excellent examples of prolific writers, having each released over 50 novels throughout their career. King is best known for his The Shining, Salem’s Lot, and It and roughly releases a new novel every year.

Horror explores shocking subjects, often incorporating romance, fantasy and action along the way. However, many readers don’t have the stomach for horror or simply aren’t brave enough which is why it comes in at number 5 on our top genres list.

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