Top 8 genres authors sell books in

by Jolien Burgers in

According to Wikipedia, in 2015 alone, there were almost 2 million books published in the world. What are all these books about? And what do people like to read about? Ebook Friendly made a list of the most popular book genres of all time. This is the top 8 of book genres sold worldwide:

8. Magic realism

Coming last in this list: magic realism. This genre combines realistic narrative and naturalistic technique with surreal elements of dream or fantasy. 2% of all book sales are written in this the genre. ‘’One Hundred Years of Solitude’’ by Gabriel García Márquez was sold over 50 million times and is the most popular magic realism-book. In this book, the main character dreams about a city of mirrors that reflected the world in and about it. When he wakes up, he decides to establish this town.

7. Young adult fiction

Young adult fiction is fiction written for young people in the ages between 12 and 18. These books are also known as young teen novels. 3% of all book sales are in this genre. The most popular young teen book is ‘’Flowers in the Attic’’ by V.C. Andrews, which was sold over 40 million times worldwide.

6. Historical fiction

In a historical fiction novel, the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. 3% of all sold books are in the genre historical fiction. With over 40 million copies, ‘’The Eagle Has Landed’’ by Jack Higgings is the most popular book in its genre. This book takes place during the Second World War.

5. Mystery fiction

In mystery fiction, a detective or other professional solves a crime or a series of crimes. This can take form in a mystery or a short story. This genre is also called detective or crime novel and it covers 11% of all book sales. With over 100 million sold copies worldwide, ‘’Then There Were None’’ by Agatha Christie is the most popular in this genre.

6. Classic literary fiction (up to the 1950s)

13% of all book sales are classic literary fiction (pre 1950). These are books with social commentary or political criticism. The most popular book in this genre is ‘’A Tale of Two Cities’’ by Charles Dickens, it was sold over 200 million times worldwide.

3. Fantasy fiction

In fantasy fiction, the main plot element, scene or setting have something to do with magic or supernatural elements. Imaginary worlds and magical creatures are the most common to appear in the fantasy genre. 13% of all sold books are fantasy fiction books. With over 150 million books sold worldwide, the ‘’Lord of the Rings’’ series by J. R. R. Tolkien are the most popular in its genre.

2. Modern literary fiction (after 1950s)

Modern literary fiction (these fictional works generally involve social commentary or political criticism) entails post 1950 literary fiction. 16% of all book sales are Modern literary fiction. The most popular modern literary fiction book is ‘’The Catcher in the Rye’’ by J. D. Salinger (over 65 million copies sold worldwide).

1. Children’s fiction

The most popular books are written for children. Children’s fiction includes stories that are enjoyed by kids (up to age 12, approximately). Fiction, non-fiction, poetry or drama: these stories can be about anything. These days, 39% of all sold books are children’s books. The ‘’Harry Potter’’ series by J. K. Rowling are the most popular: over 450 million books were sold worldwide. Especially grown ups helped out in breaking this record.


Did you write a book in one of these genres, –or in any other– and are you ready to share it with the rest of the world? Create a Peecho account and upload your PDF file. Then you can install the print button on your website or share the print link via social media and email and allow your readers to get your book via print on demand. Do you have questions? Just contact us (!

How to make your PDF ready for a Book Print

by Jolien Burgers in ,

Writing, writing and more writing: that’s what you want to spend your time on as a writer. Making a file print-ready is not something you do for fun. That is why Peecho made it as easy as possible to print and sell a book via print on demand. The only thing you need is a PDF file. We do have some tips for the formatting of the file to make sure your book will turn out beautifully.


With Peecho, you don’t have to upload your cover separately. The first page of your PDF document, will be the front cover. The last page of your PDF file will be the back cover. If you upload a file with an odd number of pages, the back cover will be white. For softcover books and magazines, the second page of your PDF will be the inside of the front cover and the second last page will be the inside of the back cover. For hardcover books, the insides of the front and back cover will both be white.

The amount of pages & spine

Obviously, all our softcover and hardcover books have a spine, that’s why we work with a minimum number of pages. For a softcover book, a PDF with 22 pages or more is required, including the covers. For a hardcover book, a PDF with 24 pages or more is required, including the covers. We add a blank spine to the orders by default. If you want to design your spine yourself, you can do that in your personal dashboard.

No bleeds or margins

It is not necessary to add bleeds or margins to your file. We will generate those print artefacts for you.


Make sure you do not put important content (text or images) close to the borders of the pages. For those who have spreads in their document: a certain part of the content, where the pages are glued, cannot be seen. The best trick is to make a spread that has a little overlap near the fold. So a little bit of the right photo page should be on the left photo page near the fold and the other way around.


Nobody likes grainy images in their book so we have a trick to check  if your images are suitable for print. Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat and zoom in to 200%. If the image is very pixelated, your image is not suitable for print.

Is your PDF file ready to be printed into a book? Create a Peecho account, upload your PDF and order your print. Do you also want to sell it? Install the free print button on your website or copy the free print link and allow others to buy your book via print on demand.