Average Ebook Best-Seller Price Drops as Hachette and Simon & Schuster Ink New Retail Deals
This week, both Hachette and Simon & Schuster inked new retail contracts with Amazon and their other partners, giving up pricing control per a settlement both publishers signed with the Department of Justice over the issue of ebook price-fixing. The retailers have wasted no time discounting some of the publishers’ ebook titles.
Michael Connelly’s The Black Box (Hachette, No. 1 on the best-seller list this week) was $14.99 at Amazon and other retailers and is now priced at $12.74 at Amazon and elsewhere. Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (Simon & Schuster, No. 9 on the best-seller list) was $9.99 and went down to $8.74 last week; the book is currently priced at $7.99.
As a result of those price changes and others, the average price of a book on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List has dropped to its lowest point since it was launched, $9.06. That’s down from $9.79 last week and the high of $11.79 on Oct. 20.
Partially responsible are several lower-priced titles hitting the list, led by Stop the Wedding, a self-published hit by Stephanie Bond. It rocketed up the list last week to hit No. 6 and is currently sitting at No. 2. A holiday sales push could make it the first self-published title to hit No. 1 on the list — stay tuned!
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Dec. 8:
– Digital Book World Best-Selling Ebooks Priced $10.00 and Above
– Digital Book World Best-Selling Ebooks Priced $8.00 – $9.99
– Digital Book World Best-Selling Ebooks Priced $3.00 – $7.99
– Digital Book World Best-Selling Ebooks Priced $0.00 – $2.99
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|1 (2)||The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)||Michael Connelly||Hachette||$ 12.74||+1|
|2 (6)||Stop the Wedding! (a romantic comedy)||Stephanie Bond||NeedtoRead||$ 0.99||+4|
|3 (3)||The Forgotten||David Baldacci||Hachette||$ 11.04||–|
|4 (1)||Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Random House||$ 12.99||-3|
|5 (4)||The Racketeer||John Grisham||Random House||$ 12.99||-1|
|6 (7)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$ 12.99||+1|
|7 (5)||Merry Christmas, Alex Cross||James Patterson||Hachette||$ 11.04||-2|
|8 (9)||The Last Man: A Novel||Vince Flynn||Simon & Schuster||$ 11.99||+1|
|9 (21)||Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife||Eben Alexander III M.D.||Simon & Schuster||$ 8.43||+12|
|10 (n/a)||Threat Vector||Tom Clancy; Mark Greaney||Penguin||$ 14.99||New|
|11 (10)||Life of Pi||Yann Martel||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||$ 4.99||-1|
|12 (12)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||–|
|13 (20)||Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||+7|
|14 (19)||Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||+5|
|15 (13)||The Hobbit||J.R.R. Tolkien||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||$ 6.41||-2|
|16 (n/a)||A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows: An Outlander Novella||Diana Gabaldon||Random House||$ 1.99||New|
|17 (11)||The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy)||Nora Roberts||Penguin||$ 9.99||-6|
|18 (8)||Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files||Jim Butcher||Penguin||$ 12.99||-10|
|19 (16)||Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||-3|
|20 (15)||Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||-5|
|21 (14)||My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River Series: #18) :||Robyn Carr||Harlequin||$ 1.99||-7|
|22 (17)||Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||-5|
|23 (n/a)||The Pact||Jodi Picoult||HarperCollins||$ 2.99||New|
|24 (22)||Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||-2|
|25 (23)||Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot||Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard||Macmillan||$ 12.99||-2|
* 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.
Methodology available here.