Amazon Debuts Store To Recommend ‘Best Of’ Digital Books, Apps, Movies, Software, Music And More

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Amazon is making it easier for its users to discover recommended content today with the launch of a new ‘best of’ digital store, where consumers can find recommendations from Amazon’s team of editors on the year’s best of movies & TV shows, music, video games, software, mobile apps, magazines and Kindle books and more. Basically, Amazon will recommend the best of any type of digital content that the company sells.

Of course, the timing of the launch is meant to coincide with holiday shopping season, which has historically brought record sales of digital content for Amazon. Last year, from Christmas Eve through December 30, Amazon customers purchased over three times more digital content, including Kindle books, magazines, movies, TV shows, music, and digital games as compared to the weekly average for the year.

Amazon says that in terms of specific days, the company sees the largest jump in digital product sales on Christmas and during the week following the holiday.

Amazon has published lists of its Best Sellers for Kindle books and other categories, but this appears to be a more curated, editorialized list of content from Amazon experts.

A centralized place for Amazon’s top recommendations for more than just books and movies makes sense considering the growing number of consumers who are looking to the e-commerce giant for software, apps, TV shows and more. And the destination could be a centralized place to find a variety of digital content for Amazon’s new tablet device, the Kindle Fire.

Here’s a preview of some of the recommendations Amazon is making for books, magazines, TV shows, movies, Android app, Android games, and software:

Top ten recommended Kindle books:
1. “Steve Jobs” by Walter Issacson
2. “11/22/63” by Stephen King
3. “The Art of Fielding” by Chad Harbach
4. “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” by Laini Taylor
5. “The Circus Ship” by Chris Van Dusen
6. “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
7. “A History of the World in 100 Objects” by Neil MacGregor
8. “The Litigators” by John Grisham
9. “Then Again” by Diane Keaton
10. “Watchmen” by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Top ten recommended magazines:
1. Us Weekly
2. Cosmopolitan
3. Vanity Fair
4. National Geographic
5. O, the Oprah Magazine
6. WIRED
7. Glamour
8. Better Homes & Gardens
9. Reader’s Digest
10. Men’s Health

Top ten recommended movies:
1. The Social Network
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
3. Bridesmaids
4. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
5. X-Men: First Class
6. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
7. Crazy Stupid Love
8. You’ve Got Mail
9. Cars 2
10. The Fighter

Top ten recommended TV shows:
1. Walking Dead
2. Arrested Development
3. Lost
4. Breaking Bad
5. Sons of Anarchy
6. The X Files
7. Sesame Street
8. Glee
9. Parks and Rec
10. Friday Night Dinner

Top ten recommended albums:
1. Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
2. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
3. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: Experience Version
4. Adele, 21
5. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
6. Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
7. Foster the People, Torches
8. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
9. Wilco, The Whole Love
10. The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow

Top ten recommended Android apps:
1. ESPN Score Center
2. LinkedIn
3. Quickoffice Pro
4. The Weather Channel for Android
5. EasyTether
6. Exchange by Touchdown
7. Pandora
8. Urbanspoon
9. MapQuest
10. Zillow Real Estate

Top ten recommended Android games:
1. Angry Birds
2. Words with Friends
3. Bejeweled 2
4. Atari’s Greatest Hits (Missile Command Free)
5. Asphalt 6: Adrenaline
6. Plants vs. Zombies
7. Top Girl
8. Fruit Ninja
9. Cut the Rope
10. Little Piano

Top ten recommended digital video games:
1. Battlefield 3
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
4. Dead Island
5. Saints Row: The Third
6. Dungeon Defenders
7. Magicka
8. Disney Universe
9. Sonic Generations
10. The Sims 3

Top ten recommendations for digital software:
1. Microsoft Office Home & Student 2010
2. Office Mac Home and Student 2011 (Family Pack)
3. TurboTax Deluxe Federal + E-file + State 2011
4. Norton 360 Version 5.0
5. Microsoft Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade (Home Premium to Professional)
6. Quicken Deluxe 2012
7. Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 for Windows
8. Rosetta Stone Spanish (Latin America) Level 1-5 Set for Mac
9. PaintShop Pro X4
10. Anime Studio Debut 8