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Tuesday, 23 July 2019

The Most Discussed Fantasy Books on Reddit... On Scribd


I recently ran across this list of the "Top 100 Best Fantasy Books" according to Reddit users. Well, actually, it's based on the number of times the books have been mentioned on the site, between 2018 and now. So, more properly, it's actually the top 100 most discussed books on Reddit.

It's an eclectic list and makes for some interesting reading by itself. Since I'm such a huge fan of the subscription reading service, Scribd, I thought I'd take a look at just how many of these top 100 were available on the platform.

I found ten. Out of the hundred than are on the Reddit list, 10% are on Scribd. It's true, I'd have expected more, and I'm not sure why so many authors and publishers decline to make their books available on Scribd. Maybe they don't get as good a deal as we indies do, in terms of royalties (*nudge* *hint* We get paid... a fair bit if people read our books on Scribd. And incidentally, all my books are on Scribd!)

Having said that, it's not all bad news. You should know that I found at least another ten where Scribd only carried the audiobook, and not the ebook. Since I don't personally do audiobooks, I excluded those from this list. And at least another ten were on there, but "Not available in your country" (South Africa). So let's say that, in fact, 30% of the top 100 books on Reddit are available on Scribd, albeit not in my preferred format, or not available where I live.

I've published the list below. Click on the covers to view them on Scribd.

But before you do, I have a great offer for you.

If you click on any of those books, and you're not a Scribd subscriber, they will offer you a 30-day free trial to try out the service and read that book—and others—for free. Don't take them up on that offer!

You see, if you click this link, you'll be able to get a full 60 days' worth of free reading instead. And you'll be helping me out: that's an affiliate link, so if you click it and then sign up, I'll get 30 free days, just for referring you. So please, click here to get your 60 free days.

And now, you may browse the list. :-)

# Title # on Reddit
1

Circe

by Madeline Miller

1
2

The Song of Achilles

By Madeline Miller

7
3

Neverwhere

by Neil Gaiman

12
4

Norse Mythology

by Neil Gaiman

14
5

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

by Susanna Clarke

43
6

Vicious

by V. E. Schwab

53
7

The Graveyard Book

by Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell

65
8

A Gathering of Shadows

by V. E. Schwab

77
9

Trail of Lightning

by Rebecca Roanhorse

80
10

A Darker Shade of Magic

by V. E. Schwab

81

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