Best-Seller Prices Set to Go Lower as Amazon Announces Holiday Discounts

catching fireIt’s official: Over the next month, readers will be able to get some of the hottest new releases for less than they’d pay for a 12-inch sandwich at Subway.

For instance, Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (No. 16, Hachette) is now just $2.99*, and it’s part of Amazon’s “12 Days of Deals in Books.” Other top-rated books are also just as inexpensive.

Meanwhile, prices of best-selling ebooks have scarcely ever been lower. The top four ebooks on this week’s best-seller list are all priced below $4.00 (and all from “Big Five” publishers). There are only five ebooks in the top 25 priced over $10.00 and none in the $8.00 to $9.99 price range. As a result, the average price of a best-selling ebook is now $6.04.

Look for the best-seller list to stay at or near this level for the next month.

*The Goldfinch is $7.99 on the DBW list currently because the list is based on last week’s prices. Next week, it will be listed at $2.99 — or lower, should any bookseller decide to discount it below $2.99. 


Hunger Games Resurgence 

For the first time in 2013, all three Hunger Games titles are on the ebook best-seller list — and not at their lowest prices. The trilogy is likely being buoyed by the release of the second film in a planned trilogy, Catching Fire. Also on the list, however, is the whole trilogy, available for $12.99, which is a bargain compared to how its been priced other times.

Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 12/11:

Top Selling Ebooks: $10 and above
Top Selling Ebooks: $8.00 – $9.99
Top Selling Ebooks: $3.00 – $7.99
Top Selling Ebooks: $0.00 – $2.99


Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 12/1/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    3.29
2 (4) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    3.99 +2
3 (2) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    2.49 -1
4 (3) Allegiant Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    3.49 -1
5 (n/a) Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Penguin Random House  $    6.99 New
6 (n/a) Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) James Patterson Hachette  $   10.99 New
7 (12) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +5
8 (n/a) Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Book: #3) : Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    6.99 New
9 (n/a) King and Maxwell (King & Maxwell) David Baldacci Hachette  $   11.99 New
10 (17) Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    6.17 +7
11 (8) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -3
12 (10) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    3.29 -2
13 (n/a) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    2.99 New
14 (7) Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) Orson Scott Card Macmillan  $    1.99 -7
15 (n/a) The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Book: #1) Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    4.99 New
16 (5) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.99 -9
17 (24) David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell Hachette  $    3.79 +7
18 (13) Doctor Sleep: A Novel Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $    7.49 +5
19 (14) Killing Jesus: A History Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $    3.29 -5
20 (16) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    3.29 -4
21 (11) Dust (A Scarpetta Novel) Patricia Cornwell Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -10
22 (6) Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -16
23 (n/a) The Hunger Games Trilogy Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $   12.99 New
24 (n/a) Broken Kelly Elliott Self-published  $    2.99 New
25 (n/a) White Fire (Pendergast) Douglas Preston; Lincoln Child Hachette  $   10.65 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. Methodology available here.

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