Notorious Nineteen, Forgotten, NBA Winner Rocket up Best-Seller List, Average Ebook Price Decreases

On the strength of long-running promotions at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the latest Stephanie Plum novel from Janet Evanovich, Notorious Nineteen (Random House) rocketed to No. 1 on the ebook best-seller list its first week on sale.

The title, which was released on Nov. 20, was promoted on Barnes & Noble’s homepage from June and on Amazon’s from late Sept., according to data from eBook MarketView. (Of course, it was helped along by the success of previous titles in the series.) It jumped 23 spots from last week.

Another big gainer was David Baldacci’s The Forgotten (Hachette), which also went on sale this week and also benefited from an Amazon “new and noteworthy” promotion, though for a much shorter period of time — from Nov. 15.

While the above titles made gains with widely available promotions, Louise Erdrich’s The Round House (HarperCollins) hit the list this week after it a much rarer promotion: a National Book Award win earlier this month. It was priced at the quixotic $12.80 until this past Tuesday when its price went up to $12.99. The $12.80 pricing dates to when HarperCollins signed its new ebook retail contracts with Amazon and others.

Related: How Amazon and Barnes & Noble Price Changes Affected Sales of HarperCollins Titles

Also of note is that the average price of an ebook best-seller dropped to $9.45 this week from $10.28 last week. A handful of inexpensive titles debuted this week, including Lori Wilde’s The Cowboy Takes a Bride from HarperCollins, which is priced at $0.99.

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Nov. 24:

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

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Top 25 E-Book Best-Sellers
Week Ending 11/24/12
Rank Title Author Publisher  Price  Change
1 (24) Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel (Stephanie Plum Novels) Janet Evanovich Random House  $   13.99 +23
2 (1) The Last Man: A Novel Vince Flynn Simon & Schuster  $   14.99 -1
3 (2) The Racketeer John Grisham Random House  $   12.99 -1
4 (4) Merry Christmas, Alex Cross James Patterson Hachette  $   14.99
5 (23) The Forgotten David Baldacci Hachette  $   14.99 +18
6 (5) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $   12.99 -1
7 (3) The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin  $    9.99 -4
8 (9) Life of Pi Yann Martel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    7.59 +1
9 (7) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $    9.99 -2
10 (8) Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99 -2
11 (13) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 +2
12 (n/a) The Cowboy Takes a Bride (Jubilee, Texas) Lori Wilde HarperCollins  $    0.99 New
13 (15) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99 +2
14 (11) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -3
15 (n/a) Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child Cathy Glass HarperCollins  $    0.99 New
16 (17) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 +1
17 (n/a) The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7) Jeff Kinney Abrams  $    7.69 New
18 (n/a) Not Quite Dating (Not Quite series) Catherine Bybee Amazon  $    3.99 New
19 (n/a) The Round House Louise Erdrich HarperCollins  $   12.80 New
20 (10) NYPD Red James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette  $   12.99 -10
21 (12) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Random House  $    9.99 -9
22 (n/a) The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    6.41 New
23 (20) Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $   12.99 -3
24 (16) Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) Jeffrey Archer Macmillan  $    2.99 -8
25 (n/a) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin Simon & Schuster  $    9.99 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.
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