Fifty Shades and Hunger Games Loosen Grip on E-Book Best-Sellers

Penguin’s Winter of the World by Ken Follett, the highest debut book on the list this week.

Long-time best-selling series Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hunger Games are starting to fall from the top of the e-book best-seller charts.

New fall releases like Random House’s Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Penguin’s No Easy Day by Mark Owen traded off the Nos. 1 and 2 spots this week, with Gone Girl ascending. A Sept. 18 release, Penguin’s Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by Ken Follett debuted on the list at No. 7. Hachette’s Low Pressure by Sandra Brown also was released this week and debuted on the list — at No. 15. (More on Winter of the World.)

At the same time, Fifty Shades and Hunger Games may not be selling at the same clip as earlier this year. The Hunger Games is the caboose of the top ten e-book best-sellers; and the Fifty Shades books are at Nos. 3, 4, and 5 — pedestrian compared to several months ago when they held the top three spots for what seemed like forever.

Perhaps most telling is that the Fifty Shades bundle (all three books for $29.99) slipped down the list again this week to No. 21. It’s an incremental decrease, but it’s also the fifth week in a row the bundle has dropped down the list since starting off on our debut best-seller list at No. 9.

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Sept. 22:

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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Top 25 E-Book Best-Sellers
Week Ending 9/22/12
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (2) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $   12.99 +1
2 (1) No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden Mark Owen; Kevin Maurer Penguin  $   12.99 -1
3 (5) Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 +2
4 (6) A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Random House  $   13.99 -2
5 (3) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -2
6 (4) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -2
7 (n/a) Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy Ken Follett Penguin  $   19.99 New
8 (7) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.00 -1
9 (8) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -1
10 (9) The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -1
11 (12) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    7.99 +1
12 (n/a) Rules of Civility: A Novel Amor Towles Penguin  $    9.99 New
13 (13) Delusion in Death J. D. Robb Penguin  $   14.99
14 (10) Zoo James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $   12.99 -4
15 (n/a) Low Pressure Sandra Brown Hachette  $   14.99 New
16 (15) The Time Keeper Mitch Albom Hyperion  $    9.50 -1
17 (11) Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor Series #1) Jill Shalvis Hachette  $    0.99 -6
18 (n/a) Thicker Than Water (A Leo Waterman Mystery) G.M. Ford Amazon  $    1.99 New
19 (n/a) Fall of Giants: Book One of the Century Trilogy Ken Follett Penguin  $    9.99 New
20 (14) The Light Between Oceans: A Novel ML Stedman Simon & Schuster  $   11.99 -6
21 (20) Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed E L James Random House  $   29.99 -1
22 (24) Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99 +2
23 (19) The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel Debbie Macomber Random House  $   12.99 -4
24 (16) Last to Die: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel Tess Gerritsen Random House  $   12.99 -8
25 (17) The Tombs (Fargo Adventure Series #4) Thomas Perry; Clive Cussler Penguin  $   14.99 -8

* 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.

 

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Sept. 22:

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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