Fifty Shades Falls From Top Spot on E-Book Best-Seller List, Gone Girl New No. 1

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For the first time in what seems like months, a book without the words “fifty shades” in the title is the No. 1 selling e-book in the U.S. Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl has deposed the second book in the Fifty Shades of Grey series to become the best-selling e-book for the week ending Sept. 1, 2012.

The Random House title, released on June 5, enjoyed its last day as a Kindle “New & Noteworthy” book after a three-month stint on Sept. 1, according to data from Iobyte Solutions (which also powers the Digital Book World E-Book Best-Seller List). The book has spent more time at the top of the Kindle list than any other list we track. It’s currently hovering between Nos. 5 and 8 on the Barnes & Noble list, for instance.

Unless Random House promotes the book in some significant way this week, expect it to drop from the top spot.

The more interesting story this week might be the very beginning of a sales slowdown for the Fifty Shades trilogy. The third book of the trilogy is now the most popular in the series, suggesting the bulk of readers are now moving to the third title. And the trilogy sold as a set dropped for the second week in a row, to No. 14 from No. 12; it was No. 9 two weeks ago. Fifty Shades helped power Random House to a record-breaking first half of the year that saw its revenues and profits rise precipitously.

See last week’s list here.

See the rest of the top 25 selling e-books from the week ending Sept. 1 below and the top selling e-books at each of the following price points:

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 9/1

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Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (5) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $  12.99 +4
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2 (2) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $   9.99
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3 (1) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $   9.99 -2
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4 (4) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $   9.99
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5 (6) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $   5.99 +1
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6 (n/a) No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden Mark Owen; Kevin Maurer Penguin  $  12.99 New
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7 (3) The Hunger Games (Hunger Games Series #1) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $   5.00 -4
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8 (8) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $   5.99
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9 (9) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $   7.99
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10 (13) The Boy in the Suitcase Lene Kaaberbol; Agnete Friis Soho Press  $   1.39 +3
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11 (11) Where We Belong Emily Giffin Macmillan  $  12.99
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12 (17) The Light Between Oceans: A Novel ML Stedman Simon & Schuster  $  11.99 +5
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13 (10) The Inn at Rose Harbor: A Novel Debbie Macomber Random House  $  12.99 -3
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14 (12) Fifty Shades Trilogy Bundle: Fifty Shades of Grey; Fifty Shades Darker; Fifty Shades Freed E. L. James Random House  $  29.99 -2
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15 (15) Deep Down: A Jack Reacher Story Lee Child Random House  $   1.99
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16 (18) Black List: A Thriller Brad Thor Simon & Schuster  $  12.99 +2
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17 (14) While It Lasts Abbi Glines Self-published  $   3.99 -3
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18 (n/a) The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies) Pittacus Lore HarperCollins  $   9.99 New
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19 (16) War Brides Helen Bryan Amazon  $   1.99 -3
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20 (19) The Last Coyote (Harry Bosch) Michael Connelly Hachette  $   2.99 -1
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21 (20) I, Michael Bennett James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $  12.99 -1
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22 (n/a) Beautiful Disaster Jamie McGuire Simon & Schuster  $   7.99 New
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23 (21) Friends Forever: A Novel Danielle Steel Random House  $  12.99 -2
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24 (n/a) A Face in the Crowd (Kindle Single) Stephen King; Stewart O’Nan Simon & Schuster  $   1.99 New
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25 (23) Shadow of Night: A Novel Deborah Harkness Penguin  $  12.99 -2
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* 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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See the rest of the top 25 selling e-books from the week ending Sept. 1 below and the top selling e-books at each of the following price points:

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.

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