Today on Amazon's Kindle store in the Movies and Video Guides and Reference category, Roger Ebert is holding down positions 3, 5, 7, 12 and 23. His top book is "Your Movie Sucks".
Leonard Maltin is at 14 with his book, "151 Best Movies You've Never Seen."
On the other hand, the best I can do is 20, 31, 36 and 39. My lead book is "Great Cinema Detectives: Best Movies of Mystery, Suspense and Film Noir".
Given the massive amount of publicity that Roger Ebert enjoys, it's really no wonder his sales are so good. Certainly his books are well worth reading. In fact, they could be classed as essential reference works. But would they achieve such excellent sales solely on their own merit? Solely on word of mouth from one movie fan to another and/or a dozen or so laudable reviews in leading newspapers and magazines?
For an answer to this question, you have only to look at today's positions in Amazon's U.K. Kindle store. I hold down positions 2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 17, 26 and 30. Roger Ebert comes in at 62 and 90. My lead book is "Mystery, Suspense, Film Noir and Detective Movies on DVD: A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills".
Mystery/suspense movies are obviously enjoying top popularity among classic movie fans in both the U.K. and U.S.A. at the moment.