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15 books you didn't know were first available through Kindle Direct Publishing, including 'The Martian' and ‘Fifty Shades of Grey'

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To celebrate Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing’s 15th anniversary, take a look at 15 of the most popular books that got their start on the service.
Based on data since 2015, customers around the world have read 548 billion pages from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) books. Here are 15 of the most popular books that got their start on KDP.
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Fifty Shades of Grey
  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Fifty Shades of Grey
  • The Martian
  • Hopeless
  • The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller
  • Craving
  • An Innocent Client: A Legal Thriller (Joe Dillard Series Book1)
  • Sleep Tight
  • The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller
  • The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You
  • That Month in Tuscany
  • Dawnshard
  • The Cleaner (John Milton Series Book 1)
  • Obsession
  • The Mistake
  • The Miracle Morning
To celebrate Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing’s 15th anniversary, take a look at 15 of the most popular books that got their start on the service.
Based on data since 2015, customers around the world have read 548 billion pages from Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) books. Here are 15 of the most popular books that got their start on KDP.
  • 1
    Fifty Shades of Grey
    by E L James

    After 25 years of working in television, E L James decided to pursue a childhood dream and write stories that readers could take to their hearts. The result was the controversial and sensuous romance Fifty Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey stayed on The New York Times best-seller list for 133 consecutive weeks.

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  • 2
    The Martian
    by Andy Weir

    Andy Weir built a two-decade career as a software engineer until the success of his first published novel, The Martian, allowed him to live out his dream of writing full-time. Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’ The Great American Read.

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  • 3
    Hopeless
    by Colleen Hoover

    From the No. 1 New York Times best-selling author of It Starts with Us, It Ends with Us, and All Your Perfects comes the beginning of Sky and Dean’s passionate love story—where well-kept secrets threaten to open wounds of a dark past. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless, entranced, and remembering your own first love.

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  • 4
    The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller
    by A.G. Riddle

    The Atlantis Gene is the first book in A.G. Riddle’s best-selling Origin Mystery trilogy—a series that has sold over 3 million copies worldwide (in 20 languages), received 25,000+ reviews on Amazon, been rated 18,000+ times on Audible, and garnered 100,000+ ratings on GoodReads. The trilogy is now in development to be a major motion picture.

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  • 5
    Craving
    by Helen Hardt

    After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend’s ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn't expect to be attracted to her friend’s reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off.

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  • 6
    An Innocent Client: A Legal Thriller (Joe Dillard Series Book1)
    by Scott Pratt

    In this best-selling debut, criminal defense lawyer Joe Dillard has become jaded over the years as he's tried to balance his career against his conscience. Savvy but cynical, Dillard wants to quit doing criminal defense, but he can't resist the chance to represent someone who might actually be innocent.

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  • 7
    Sleep Tight
    by Rachel Abbott

    When Olivia Brookes calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. She has reason to fear the worst; this isn't the first tragedy that Olivia has experienced. Now, two years later, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called in to investigate this family again, but this time it's Olivia who has disappeared.

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  • 8
    The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller
    by A.G. Riddle

    Filled with real science and history, The Atlantis Plague is the second book in The Origin Mystery trilogy. With shocking plot twists and revelations around every turn, The Atlantis Plague will keep you up late into the night turning the pages to find out what the Immari have in store for David, Kate, and Dorian.

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  • 9
    The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You
    by Laurelin Paige

    Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither's past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out—move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder … But what Alayna didn't figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. When she learns Hudson has a dark history of his own, she realizes too late that she's fallen for the worst man she could possibly get involved with.

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  • 10
    That Month in Tuscany
    by Inglath Cooper

    Ren Sawyer and Lizzy Harper live completely different lives. Exploring the streets of Florence and the hills of Tuscany together—two people with seemingly nothing in common—changes them both forever.

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  • 11
    Dawnshard
    by Brandon Sanderson

    When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. If the crew cannot uncover the secrets of the hidden island city before the wrath of its ancient guardians falls upon them, the fate of Roshar and the entire Cosmere hangs in the balance.

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  • 12
    The Cleaner (John Milton Series Book 1)
    by Mark Dawson

    Mark Dawson’s popular series follows John Milton, the man the government calls when they want a problem to go away ... but what happens when he’s the one who needs to disappear?

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  • 13
    Obsession
    by Helen Hardt

    Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared … But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…

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  • 14
    The Mistake
    by Elle Kennedy

    College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he'll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he's worth a second chance.

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  • 15
    The Miracle Morning
    by Hal Elrod

    What if you could wake up tomorrow and any—or every—area of your life was beginning to transform? What would you change? The Miracle Morning is already transforming the lives of tens of thousands of people around the world by showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation, and focus to take your life to the next level.

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  • PAGE OVERVIEW
  • 1
    Fifty Shades of Grey
  • 2
    The Martian
  • 3
    Hopeless
  • 4
    The Atlantis Gene: A Thriller
  • 5
    Craving
  • 6
    An Innocent Client: A Legal Thriller (Joe Dillard Series Book1)
  • 7
    Sleep Tight
  • 8
    The Atlantis Plague: A Thriller
  • 9
    The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You
  • 10
    That Month in Tuscany
  • 11
    Dawnshard
  • 12
    The Cleaner (John Milton Series Book 1)
  • 13
    Obsession
  • 14
    The Mistake
  • 15
    The Miracle Morning
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