Bankable Best-Sellers Rebound Following Holiday Device Sales, Average Ebook Best-Seller Price Continues Plummet
The Hunger Games trilogy surged to near the top of the list after fading from its long-time hold on the top-three spots all last year. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy also had a stronger showing this week than in the months leading up to 2013.
“A surge of new devices might tend to reinvigorate the bestsellers as opposed to the existing devices that have probably already purchased them and are mainly looking at new books,” said Dan Lubart, owner of Iobyte Solutions, the data provider for Digital Book World’s Ebook Best-Seller List and senior vice president of sales analytics at HarperCollins. “If you just got your first e-reader this holiday what would be the first thing you’d download?”
The first two books of The Hunger Games trilogy surged back onto the top-25 list after an absence to take spots Nos. 3 and 5. The third book, Mockingjay, jumped to No. 11 from No. 18. The Fifty Shades books all booked increases of three-to-seven spots.
Another surprising fact about the first ebook best-seller list in 2013 is that the average price of books on the list has continued its long decline since some of the largest publishers gave up discounting power to their retail partners. The average price of an ebook best-seller is now $8.23, down from a previous low of $8.84, recorded in mid-Dec.
The decrease in average price is almost certainly due to retailer discounting. For instance, this week’s new No. 1, Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks (Hachette), was discounted by its retailers to $3.99 on Dec. 20 after several graduated discounts throughout the Fall that saw its price decrease from $9.99, the last price its publisher set. It had been priced at $12.99 when it was new in late 2010 and early 2011. (The ebook was also likely helped by the upcoming film adaptation, set to hit theaters in Feb. 2013.)
Another good example is our last No. 1 book on this list, The Forgotten by David Baldacci (Hachette). It was discounted this week to $9.20 after being priced at $11.04 for most of Dec. The last time its publisher set its price it was $12.99.
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Jan. 5:
– 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 – $2.99
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|1 (23)||Safe Haven||Nicholas Sparks||Hachette||$ 3.99||+22|
|2 (3)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$ 12.99||+1|
|3 (n/a)||The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 1)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.00||New|
|4 (8)||The Hobbit||J.R.R. Tolkien||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||$ 6.39||+4|
|5 (n/a)||Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 2)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||New|
|6 (6)||The Racketeer||John Grisham||Random House||$ 12.99||–|
|7 (1)||The Forgotten||David Baldacci||Hachette||$ 9.20||-6|
|8 (12)||Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||+4|
|9 (16)||Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||+7|
|10 (13)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||+3|
|11 (18)||Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 3)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||+7|
|12 (5)||Merry Christmas, Alex Cross||James Patterson||Hachette||$ 9.20||-7|
|13 (9)||Private London||James Patterson; Mark Pearson||Hachette||$ 8.28||-4|
|14 (n/a)||Water for Elephants: A Novel||Sara Gruen||Workman||$ 1.99||New|
|15 (n/a)||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||Stephen Chbosky||Simon & Schuster||$ 3.99||New|
|16 (7)||Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Random House||$ 12.99||-9|
|17 (n/a)||The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)||Jeff Kinney||Abrams||$ 6.65||New|
|18 (4)||The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)||Michael Connelly||Hachette||$ 8.28||-14|
|19 (20)||Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||+1|
|20 (15)||Life of Pi||Yann Martel||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||$ 8.39||-5|
|21 (25)||Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||+4|
|22 (10)||Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Novels)||Tom Clancy; Mark Greaney||Penguin||$ 12.99||-12|
|23 (n/a)||Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1)||Lee Child||Penguin||$ 9.99||New|
|24 (n/a)||Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures Series #1)||Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl||Hachette||$ 3.99||New|
|25 (n/a)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.56||New|
* List rank for last week ebook best-sellers were recorded (ending 12/15/12) 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.