Ebook Best-Sellers $3.00 to $7.99 Week Ending 12-1-12

Life of Pi (by Yann Martel, from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) continues to lead the mid-priced ebook pack. The title continued with strong sales after a price drop at Amazon to $4.99. The book costs nearly twice as much at Barnes & Noble ($9.99). With a book like this — a specific title that is popular today because of an upcoming film — price may not have a huge effect on sales since consumers seeking out the book won’t want a substitute, meaning that it should be rather price inelastic. However, it could be that consumers who discover the title through the movie tie-in decide to buy it more often when it has a lower price.

That said, all week last week, Life of Pi hovered in the low teens in the Kindle rankings and in the high 20s and low 30s at Barnes & Noble — so maybe price is affecting sales.

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Dec. 1:

Top-25 Best-Selling Ebooks
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

Read and comment on our methodology.

Top 10 E-Book Best-Sellers | $3.00 to $7.99
Week Ending 12/1/12
Rank Title Author Publisher  Price  Change
1/10 (1) Life of Pi Yann Martel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    4.99
2/13 (6) The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    7.05 +4
3/14 (n/a) My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River Series: #18) : Robyn Carr Harlequin  $    4.00 New
4/16 (2) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -2
5/17 (3) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -2
6/25 (7) Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    7.99 +1
7/28 (4) The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) Jeff Kinney Abrams  $    6.65 -3
8/29 (8) The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99
9/33 (n/a) Forced to Kill (The Nathan McBride Series) Andrew Peterson Amazon  $    3.99 New
10/34 (10) The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life Timothy Ferriss Amazon  $    4.99

* Rank on main list after forward slash; 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.



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