Periodically I go on binges where I browse the Kindle bestsellers list and download most of the top 100 free books, more or less indiscriminately, without consideration for quality. I mean, what the hell, it's free and my Kindle 2 still has over 1.2GB of free storage (out of 1.4GB user space). Even the worst piece of formulaic pulp trash might be funny in a so-bad-it's-good kind of way; or at least there may be some anthropological interest (oh, so this is what women fantasize about?). Most of the stuff goes totally unread of course — I don't have time to even glance at a tenth of it — but I suppose I like having the option.
Anyway, it's interesting to note that as of January 2011, the top 100 free Kindle ebooks list consists of the following:
|The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
|Kindle conversions of public domain etexts from Project Gutenberg; mostly classics.
|IMO Amazon should segregate these in their own section.
|The Perfect Woman
|Mostly in the gruesome-crimes subgenre, not the sleuthing subgenre.
|Romance readers might claim that these are two categories but I defy you to draw the line among these titles.
|Stuck in the Middle (Sister-to-Sister Book 1)
|Apologies for the derogatory label but what do you want me to do with a cover and title like that?
|Fools Rush In (Weddings By Bella, Book 1)
|Often disguises itself quite stealthily as other genre fiction.
|Don't Die, Dragonfly
|Mostly spirits-and-vampires stuff, not Heroic Medieval Fantasy Product.
|The Winners Manual
|Includes many crappy cookbooks and the Bible.
|The Stolen Crown
|Arguably the bravest authors here, as non-series non-genre fiction has the least "author stickiness" of any fiction. Which isn't to say the writing's any good necessarily.