‘Big Five’ Dominate Ebook Best-Seller List, Led by Penguin Random House

allegiantFall may be the season of big publishers.

Big, planned releases with big-name authors attached to them dominate this week’s ebook best-seller list. The same was true last week and the week before as well.

The heavy-hitters include Veronica Roth (Allegiant, HarperCollins, No. 1), John Grisham (Sycamore Row, Penguin Random House, No. 2), Stephen King (Doctor Sleep, Simon & Schuster, No. 8) and Lee Child (Never Go Back, Penguin Random House, No. 15). And there are others.

Lower-priced back-list titles from big publishers are also crowding out others from the list, including blockbuster Hollywood release-supported Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (from Macmillan for $3.98) and last year’s hit Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (from Penguin Random House for $4.99).

Penguin Random House is leading the onslaught with nearly half of the books on this week’s best-seller list from the world’s largest publisher.

Could it be that self-published authors and small presses will have more success getting on to ebook best-seller lists during times of the year when there are lulls between big releases from big publishers? Or is it just that big publishers have further honed their abilities in driving ebook sales? Or perhaps these three week have been an anomaly of a sort and we’ll see indie titles hit the list again soon? Only time will tell.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook ticked up again to $8.62 from $8.53. It seems likely that as long as indie authors and smaller publishers are off the list, it could stay where it is, if not go higher. We’ll have to wait and see just how retailers handle the first holiday season when they have full control over ebook discounting for all the major publishers.

Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 10/27:

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 10/27/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (5) Allegiant (Divergent) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +4
2 (16) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $   11.99 +14
3 (1) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -2
4 (7) Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) Orson Scott Card Macmillan  $    3.98 +3
5 (13) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    3.99 +8
6 (8) Killing Jesus: A History Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $   10.99 +2
7 (2) The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus Series #4) Rick Riordan Hachette  $    9.99 -5
8 (9) Doctor Sleep: A Novel Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 +1
9 (6) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -3
10 (10) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $   10.99
11 (17) Insurgent (Divergent) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.49 +6
12 (4) Gone (Michael Bennett) James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $   11.99 -8
13 (n/a) The Wager: The Bet series: Book 2 Rachel Van Dyken Hachette  $    0.99 New
14 (14) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    3.99
15 (12) Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -3
16 (11) Storm Front (A Virgil Flowers Novel) John Sandford Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -5
17 (n/a) Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics Charles Krauthammer Penguin Random House  $   11.75 New
18 (n/a) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $   10.99 New
19 (22) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Penguin Random House  $    7.78 +3
20 (18) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    3.99 -2
21 (21) David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants Malcolm Gladwell Hachette  $   12.59
22 (n/a) Identical (Kindle County) Scott Turow Hachette  $   11.99 New
23 (23) W Is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Series #23) Sue Grafton Penguin Random House  $   10.99
24 (19) The Signature of All Things: A Novel Elizabeth Gilbert Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -5
25 (n/a) Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    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 ebook pricing. Methodology available here.

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