Avg. Ebook Best-Seller Price Spikes as Big Publishers Crowd Out Indie Hits
In fact—Hachette, Macmillan, Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and Simon & Schuster—all six of the big six, have titles on DBW’s ebook best-seller list this week. By contrast, only one self-published title ranks in the top 25 on this week’s ebook best-seller list. And, independently published ebooks remain in the minority until we reach the under $3.00 list.
The average price of an ebook best-seller this week is $8.92, up sharply from $6.95 last week. The nearly $2.00 increase is the largest spike observed since we started tracking the average price of a best-seller last summer.
Another story line from this week is Sylvia Day. The latest book in her Crossfire series, Entwined With You, jumped to No. 1 this week on the strength of a million pre-sales. The series to date has sold about nine million copies, she told Digital Book World in an interview several weeks ago. Due to increased overall interest in the series from its latest installment, two other Crossfire books are now also in the top 25: Bared to You (No. 15) and Reflected in You (No. 20).
Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 6/9:
|1 (13)||Entwined with You (Crossfire Trilogy Series #3)||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$9.99||+12|
|2 (1)||Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon)||Dan Brown||Random House||$12.99||-1|
|3 (2)||And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel||Khaled Hosseini||Penguin||$12.99||-1|
|4 (3)||The Hit (Will Robie)||David Baldacci||Hachette||$8.99||-1|
|5 (12)||Beauty from Surrender (Beauty Series #2)||Georgia Cates||Self-published||$3.99||+7|
|6 (4)||The Great Gatsby||F. Scott Fitzgerald||Simon & Schuster||$4.99||-2|
|7 (8)||Whiskey Beach||Nora Roberts||Penguin||$9.99||+1|
|8 (7)||Silken Prey||John Sandford||Penguin||$12.99||-1|
|9 (10)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$12.99||+1|
|10 (11)||Pros and Cons: A Short Story (Kindle Single)||Janet Evanovich; Lee Goldberg||Random House||$0.99||+1|
|11 (6)||12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club)||James Patterson; Maxine Paetro||Hachette||$11.99||-5|
|12 (n/a)||Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns||Lauren Weisberger||Simon & Schuster||$10.99||new|
|13 (n/a)||Dog Lived (and So Will I)||Teresa Rhyne||Sourcebooks||$1.99||new|
|14 (17)||World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War||Max Brooks||Random House||$9.99||+3|
|15 (n/a)||Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$9.99||new|
|16 (n/a)||Ladies’ Night||Mary Kay Andrews||Macmillan||$10.99||new|
|17 (n/a)||The Kill Room (Lincoln Rhyme)||Jeffery Deaver||Hachette||$11.99||new|
|18 (15)||Ender’s Game : Ender’s Game Quartet (Book 1)||Orson Scott Card||Macmillan||$4.35||-3|
|19 (14)||Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel (SSTB)||Charlaine Harris||Penguin||$12.99||-5|
|20 (n/a)||Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$9.99||new|
|21 (5)||The Forever of Ella and Micha||Jessica Sorensen||Hachette||$2.99||-16|
|22 (n/a)||Deeply Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel||Dean Koontz||Random House||$13.99||new|
|23 (24)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$5.63||+1|
|24 (n/a)||Breath of Scandal||Sandra Brown||Hachette||$4.27||new|
|25 (n/a)||A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One||George R.R. Martin||Random House||$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 ebook pricing.
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