Following a promotion on Amazon Kindle last week, An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful by J. David Simons has been riding high in the Top 10 of the Literary Fiction chart for the last few days – and hitting the Number One spot!
In fact, it has been a great week on Kindle for publishers who, like Saraband, are members of the Faber Factory Plus alliance of quality independents. Four out of the top five bestselling titles overall on the Kindle store were published by Faber Factory Plus members - proving that collaboration really does pay dividends.
However, the books also have to be quality reads in order to become bestsellers, and the popularity of J. David Simons’ novel is no doubt partly a result of the great reception it’s received from readers, with an incredible eighteen out of twenty Amazon customers giving it a rating of five stars.
One reviewer, ‘f.richards’, said: “I tried to make the book last as I was really enjoying reading it, but finished it too quickly anyway! Beautiful pace to it. You don’t need to know more, just read it!” Another said: “Beautifully written and intelligent love story set in the present day with flashbacks to 1950s London and Japan. I loved the author’s description of Japanese landscape and culture along with an important comment of America’s quite deliberate failure to recognize their atrocities in dropping two atomic bombs. I’m positive that this will be my best read of 2013!”