Fifty Shades and Hunger Games Move Down Best-Seller List, Making Room For New Titles

If you’re wondering where to find Fifty Shades of Grey on the latest iteration of our ebook best-seller list, you’ll have to look past the top tier.

For the first time since launching our the list in August, no Fifty Shades of Grey book is in the top five; only one is in the top ten at this point and only two of the three Hunger Games titles are in our top 25. The stranglehold that those two trilogies have had on the ebook best-seller list has come to an end.

What has replaced the popular trilogies are the usual suspects with some surprises sprinkled in.


The Usual Suspects

Some familiar names hit the top five this week to join long-time residents Sylvia Day and Gillian Flynn: Patricia Cornwell, John Grisham and James Patterson. Cornwell’s The Bone Bed (Penguin) jumped up six spots this week to rank at No. 2. Grisham’s The Racketeer (Random House) came out this past week (Oct. 23) and rose 19 spots on our list to rank at No. 4. And Patterson’s NYPD Red (Hachette), nudged up one spot to No. 5.



Two self-published titles are currently in the top 25: Down to You by M. Leighton; and When Wishes Collide by Barbara Freethy. In a way, neither should be a surprise at this point. Down to You has been in our top 25 for three of the past four weeks, aside from last week. And When Wishes Collide is by best-selling author Barbara Freethy, who has found some success publishing her own books since leaving her publisher Simon and Schuster.

Another surprise in the list is The Last Lecture, the inspiring 2008 book from Hyperion about a dying professor’s last words to the world. Usually, titles from 2008 don’t hit best-seller lists. This ebook has benefited from a price decrease to $1.99 starting in Sept. and inclusion in an Amazon “Gold Box” daily deal on Oct. 20.

These three titles, along with some other movement in the list, has resulted in a dramatic drop in average price across our top 25. The average price of an ebook best-seller last week was $10.40, more than a dollar lower than the previous week when it was $11.79.

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Oct. 27:

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 10/27/12
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99
2 (8) The Bone Bed (Kay Scarpetta Series #20) Patricia Cornwell Penguin  $   14.99 +6
3 (2) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $   12.99 -1
4 (23) The Racketeer John Grisham Random House  $   12.99 +19
5 (6) NYPD Red James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette  $   12.99 +1
6 (n/a) The Last Lecture Randy Pausch; Jeffrey Zaslow Hyperion  $   1.99 New
7 (3) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -4
8 (n/a) Down to You M. Leighton Self-published  $    3.99 New
9 (n/a) The Panther (John Corey) Nelson DeMille Hachette  $   14.99 New
10 (10) Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $   12.99
11 (11) The Casual Vacancy J.K. Rowling Hachette  $   14.99
12 (12) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99
13 (13) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    9.99
14 (5) The Mark of Athena (The Heroes of Olympus, Book Three) Rick Riordan Hyperion  $   10.99 -9
15 (3) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -12
16 (4) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -12
17 (16) The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky Simon & Schuster  $    9.99 -1
18 (15) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    9.99 -3
19 (n/a) Hidden (House of Night Novels) P. C. Cast; Kristin Cast Macmillan  $    9.99 New
20 (14) The Twelve (Passage Trilogy Series #2) Justin Cronin Random House  $   13.99 -6
21 (n/a) Keeping Faith Jodi Picoult HarperCollins  $    2.99 New
22 (17) Mad River John Sandford Penguin  $   12.99 -5
23 (n/a) When Wishes Collide Barbara Freethy Self-published  $    4.29 New
24 (21) The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin  $    9.99 -3
25 (n/a) Cloud Atlas: A Novel David Mitchell Random House  $   11.99 New

* 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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