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The digital publisher at NB Publishers, Nèlleke de Jager, said she doubted the accuracy of Amazon’s list because the online retailer did not release numbers to back its findings.
De Jager said books that sell well on paper usually do well electronically too and over the past year a number of local authors have sold more printed books than some of the titles listed by Amazon.
Jessica Faircliff, editor of Bookmark, the South African Booksellers’ Association magazine, also found Amazon’s list surprising based on the success South African authors have had on paper.
According to Nielsen Bookscan statistics, the second-best-selling book in South Africa last year in the adult fiction category was Kobra, by Deon Meyer, which sold 24474 copies. In the non-fiction category Mark Boucher’s autobiography, Bouch, came out on top with 10821 sales.