Agency Publishers and Pricing Top Debut DBW E-Book Best-Seller List

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Agency publishers and higher price points dominate the new Digital Book World e-book best-seller list, a new weekly venture from Digital Book World in partnership with Iobyte Solutions.

Scholastic, with its popular Hunger Games series, and Soho Press, a New York-based independent publisher, were the only two publishers outside of the six largest in the U.S. to break the top 25 on the list, which measures the top-selling e-books across five of the largest e-booksellers for the week ending Aug. 18.

Random House controlled the top of the list. Unlike in past months on other best-seller lists, however, the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy no longer has the three top spots. The recent release, Gone Girl, clocked in at No. 3.

Publishers worried about low-priced e-books cutting into sales of their higher priced competitors should take note — only three books below $3.00 cracked the top 25: best-selling author Lee Child’s Deep Down (Random House, No. 11); Lene Kaaberbol’s and Agnete Friis’s The Boy in the Suitcase (Soho Press, a New York-based independent publisher, No. 12); and Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You (Penguin, No. 20).

An uncharacteristically low price for a Random House release, Deep Down is a novella that was released in mid-July, which explains the $1.99 price.

The Boy in the Suitcase was released in November 2011 and shot up the best-seller list last week due to an Amazon promotion. At Amazon, the book is priced at $1.39; it’s $1.99 at some other retailers.

This Is Where I Leave You is a relatively old release to be on the best-seller list: It first went on sale November 2009. It hit the list after its price was dropped to $2.99 last week.

See the rest of the top 25 selling e-books the week ending Aug. 18 below and the top selling e-books at each of the following price points:

Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $10.00 and Above
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $8.00 – $9.99
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $3.00 – $7.99
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $0.00 – $2.99

Related: Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Methodology

Top 25 E-Book Best-Sellers
Week Ending 8/18/12
Rank* Title Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (n/a) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Random House  $    9.99
2 (n/a) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Random House  $    9.99
3 (n/a) Gone Girl: A Novel Random House  $   12.99
4 (n/a) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy Random House  $    9.99
5 (n/a) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Scholastic  $    5.99
6 (n/a) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Penguin  $    7.99
7 (n/a) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Scholastic  $    5.99
8 (n/a) The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Scholastic  $    5.00
9 (n/a) Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed Random House  $   29.99
10 (n/a) Where We Belong Macmillan  $   12.99
11 (n/a) Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story Random House  $    1.99
12 (n/a) The Boy in the Suitcase Soho Press  $    1.39
13 (n/a) Black List: A Thriller Simon & Schuster  $   12.99
14 (n/a) I, Michael Bennett Hachette  $   12.99
15 (n/a) Friends Forever: A Novel Random House  $   12.99
16 (n/a) Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure Hachette  $    9.99
17 (n/a) The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel Random House  $   12.99
18 (n/a) The Light Between Oceans: A Novel Simon & Schuster  $   11.99
19 (n/a) Shadow of Night: A Novel Penguin  $   12.99
20 (n/a) This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel Penguin  $    2.99
21 (n/a) Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel Random House  $   12.99
22 (n/a) Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel Penguin  $    9.99
23 (n/a) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Random House  $   12.99
24 (n/a) Sweet Talk Penguin  $   12.99
25 (n/a) Black Order (Sigma Force Series #3) HarperCollins  $    0.99
* Previous week’s list rank in parentheses
** Price reflects minimum price across all retailers throughout the week. Price may vary between retailers and may change throughout the week. Contact Iobyte Solutions for more information on e-book pricing.
† Since this is the debut week for the list, the number of spots each e-book moved up or down the list from the previous week is left blank.
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See the rest of the e-book best-sellers for the week ending 8-18-12:

Digital Book World E-Book Best-Seller List: Top 25 Overall
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $10.00 and Above
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $8.00 – $9.99
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $3.00 – $7.99
Digital Book World Best-Selling E-Books Priced $0.00 – $2.99

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5 thoughts on “Agency Publishers and Pricing Top Debut DBW E-Book Best-Seller List

  1. Where are the author names? Aren’t they important since they wrote the book? Great idea on the pricing breakdown, but seeing a list to 50 or 100 would be better than 10 where the hot trend or a powerful promotion can skew the top of the list.

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