December 9th, 2020
With more time on my hands during this pandemic, I’ve learned that I’m not a gardener (yield from 7 tomato plants–> 2 teeny tomatoes), nor am I a furniture refinisher (but it seemed so straightforward on YouTube!). I am, however, a reader. I’ve indulged more in this lifelong hobby in 2020, finally getting around to books that have been in my Google Play Books library for a long time, and discovering new titles.
This week marks Google’s 10th year as a digital bookstore. On December 6, 2010, we launched Google eBooks in the U.S., so that people could read books on any device and with recommendations tailored to your interests. Since then, our bookstore—now Google Play Books—has expanded to more than 75 countries and our book catalog has grown to nearly 7 million titles.
Over the years, we’ve used Google’s technology to expand our offerings and meet the needs of our readers and publishers. Bubble Zoom makes it easier to read comics on your phone by using machine learning to identify and expand speech bubbles. And, you can now access hundreds of thousands of audiobooks in our store, including a selection of free public domain audiobooks created with our auto-narration technology.
Google Play Books has welcomed publishers of all sizes, becoming an important platform for our tens of thousands of publishing partners to grow their audience worldwide. Google Play Books is a success because of the publishers and book lovers we’ve brought together.
As we look back on the last decade, here’s a list of our top fiction and nonfiction ebooks on Google Play Books each year in the U.S. (I’m proud to report that I’ve read 7 of 11 of the fiction titles!)
Top-selling fiction ebooks
- 2010: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
- 2011: The Helpby Kathryn Stockett
- 2012: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- 2013: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- 2014: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- 2015: Grey by E. L. James
- 2016: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
- 2017: It by Stephen King
- 2018: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
- 2019: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
- 2020: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
Top-selling nonfiction ebooks
- 2010: Decision Points by George W. Bush
- 2011: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- 2012: Moneyball by Michael Lewis
- 2013: Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man by Steve Harvey
- 2014: Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell
- 2015: American Sniper by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen, and Jim DeFelice
- 2016: 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse by JJ Smith
- 2017: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckby Mark Manson
- 2018: Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
- 2019: Becoming by Michelle Obama
- 2020: A Promised Land by Barack Obama
Books are more than just sources of information; they offer us connection, comfort, inspiration and joy—especially this year. As we recognize our tenth anniversary of Google’s digital bookstore, we’re thankful for all the bibliophiles who have made Google Play Books the hub of their reading life.