Average Price of E-Book Best-Sellers Rises as Cheap Books Are Squeezed Out
The average price for an e-book best-seller in our top-25 list jumped to $11.79 this week, it’s highest point since we launched the list in August and a marked increase from last week when it was $10.43.
The increase was mostly attributable to several less expensive books that appeared last week falling off the list — two at $1.99 and two at $3.99. This week, the least expensive book on the list is Amazon’s Arctic Fire by Stephen W. Frey, which sells for $4.99. Along with The Hunger Games at $8.99, Arctic Fire is one of two books on this week’s list priced below $9.99.
The lower-priced titles on the list have been ostensibly replaced by a spate of new releases from brand-name authors and larger publishers pricing their titles near or above $10, including:
— The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta Series #20) by Patricia Cornwell (Penguin): $14.99
— The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy by Nora Roberts: $9.99
— The Racketeer by John Grisham: $12.99
That’s not to say that lower-price books aren’t selling well. See which ones are selling the most in our other best-seller lists linked below.
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Oct. 20:
– 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
Read and comment on our methodology.
|1 (1)||Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||9.99||–|
|2 (3)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||12.99||+1|
|3 (4)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E L James||Random House||9.99||+1|
|4 (5)||Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E L James||Random House||9.99||+1|
|5 (2)||The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three)||Rick Riordan||Hyperion||10.99||-3|
|6 (12)||NYPD Red||James Patterson; Marshall Karp||Hachette||14.99||+6|
|7 (7)||Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E L James||Random House||9.99||–|
|8 (n/a)||The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta Series #20)||Patricia Cornwell||Penguin||14.99||New|
|9 (n/a)||Arctic Fire||Stephen W. Frey||Amazon||4.99||New|
|10 (8)||Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot||Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard||Macmillan||12.99||-2|
|11 (9)||The Casual Vacancy||J.K. Rowling||Hachette||14.99||-2|
|12 (10)||Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||9.99||-2|
|13 (11)||Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||9.99||-2|
|14 (n/a)||The Twelve (Passage Trilogy Series #2)||Justin Cronin||Random House||13.99||New|
|15 (14)||Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||9.99||-1|
|16 (20)||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Stephen Chbosky||Simon & Schuster||9.99||+4|
|17 (13)||Mad River||John Sandford||Penguin||12.99||-4|
|18 (19)||The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||8.99||+1|
|19 (21)||Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy||Ken Follett||Penguin||19.99||+2|
|20 (17)||A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel||Lee Child||Random House||12.99||-3|
|21 (n/a)||The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy||Nora Roberts||Penguin||9.99||New|
|22 (22)||No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden||Mark Owen; Kevin Maurer||Penguin||12.99||–|
|23 (n/a)||The Racketeer||John Grisham||Random House||12.99||New|
|24 (23)||Low Pressure||Sandra Brown||Hachette||12.99||-1|
|25 (24)||Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy||Ken Follett||Penguin||9.99||-1|
* 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.