Self-Published $0.99 Title Rockets up Best-Seller List

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For just the second time since August when we launched the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, a $0.99 title has broken into the top ten overall. The last time was Nelson Demille’s Plum Island (Hachette), a 2003 book which benefited from the price drop plus some on-site promotion.

This time, a title from a self-published author is making wake. Stop the Wedding by Stephanie Bond (published by NeedtoRead, a publisher that seems only to publish books by Bond) has shot up the best-seller list since its release on Nov. 11. It’s only for sale on Amazon but hasn’t seemed to benefit yet from any additional promotion. No doubt this title will stay near the top of the Kindle best-seller list as it was featured on the Kindle homepage Dec. 1 and could stay there for several days or weeks.

Meanwhile, most of the rest of the books in the top ten are being sold above $10. The average price of a top-25 ebook best-seller edged up this week to $9.79 from a three-month low of $9.45.

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

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 25 E-Book Best-Sellers
Week Ending 12/1/12
Rank Title Author Publisher  Price  Change
1 (1) Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Random House  $   12.99
2 (n/a) The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel) Michael Connelly Hachette  $   14.99 New
3 (5) The Forgotten David Baldacci Hachette  $   14.99 +2
4 (3) The Racketeer John Grisham Random House  $   12.99 -1
5 (4) Merry Christmas, Alex Cross James Patterson Hachette  $   12.99 -1
6 (n/a) Stop the Wedding! (a romantic comedy) Stephanie Bond NeedtoRead Books  $    0.99 New
7 (6) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $   12.99 -1
8 (n/a) Cold Days: A Novel of the Dresden Files Jim Butcher Penguin  $   14.99 New
9 (2) The Last Man: A Novel Vince Flynn Simon & Schuster  $   14.99 -7
10 (8) Life of Pi Yann Martel Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    4.99 -2
11 (7) The Perfect Hope: Book Three of the Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy (The Inn Trilogy) Nora Roberts Penguin  $    9.99 -4
12 (9) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $    9.99 -3
13 (22) The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $    7.05 +9
14 (n/a) My Kind of Christmas (Virgin River Series: #18) : Robyn Carr Harlequin  $    4.00 New
15 (10) Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99 -5
16 (11) Mockingjay (The Final Book of The Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -5
17 (16) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    5.99 -1
18 (24) Only Time Will Tell (The Clifton Chronicles) Jeffrey Archer Macmillan  $    2.99 +6
19 (14) Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $    9.99 -5
20 (21) Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $    9.99 +1
21 (n/a) Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife Eben Alexander III M.D. Simon & Schuster  $    9.99 New
22 (13) Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel Sylvia Day Penguin  $    9.99 -9
23 (23) Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $   12.99
24 (25) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln Doris Kearns Goodwin Simon & Schuster  $    9.99 +1
25 (n/a) Safe Haven Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    7.99 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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