Ebook Best-Seller Average Price Gains Nearly $2

the-final-cutIt’s been over a month since ebook best-seller prices averaged in the $7.00 – $8.00 range. While last week saw a slight up tick, this week the average price gained nearly $2.00 to arrive at $7.77.

Penguin Random House titles continue to be well represented in the top 25; eleven titles from the publisher ranked among top 25 for the second week in a row. PRH also had the only title priced between $8.00 – $9.99 that landed on the top 25 list–The Final Cut, by Catherine Coulter.

In the $0 – $2.99 range, 5 of the top 10 titles were self-published this week. These lower cost titles in conjunction with likely ebook discounting from traditional publishers during the holiday retail season could mean that this week’s sudden rise in the average price won’t be repeated anytime soon.

Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 9/22:

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 9/22/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $5.99
2 (n/a) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette $10.99 new
3 (2) Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House $10.99 -1
4 (n/a) Thankless in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House $11.99 new
5 (21) Out Of Line Jen McLaughlin Self-published $0.99 +16
6 (3) W Is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone Series #23) Sue Grafton Penguin Random House $10.99 -3
7 (4) The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith; J. K. Rowling Hachette $5.99 -3
8 (5) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 -3
 9 (7) Envy Sandra Brown Hachette $1.99 -2
10 (12) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $10.99 +2
11 (n/a) The Quest: A Novel Nelson DeMille Hachette $10.99 new
12 (10) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House $3.99 -2
13 (9) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Penguin Random House $7.78 -4
14 (6) Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) Dan Brown Penguin Random House $10.99 -8
15 (13) Insurgent (Divergent) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $6.99 -2
16 (n/a) Reckless (Renegades Book 1) Skye Jordan Self-published $2.99 new
17 (n/a) Cross My Heart (Alex Cross) James Patterson Hachette $10.99 new
18 (n/a) Doctor Sleep: A Novel Stephen King Simon & Schuster $10.99 new
19 (n/a) The Final Cut (A Brit in the FBI) Catherine Coulter; J. T. Ellison Penguin Random House $9.99 new
20 (18) The Witness Sandra Brown Hachette $4.74 -2
21 (14) Mistress James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette $11.04 -7
22 (11) City of Bones : The Mortal Instruments Book 01 Cassandra Clare Simon & Schuster $4.99 -11
23 (n/a) Allegiant (Divergent #3) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $6.99 new
24 (23) And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel Khaled Hosseini Penguin Random House $10.99 -1
25 (n/a) Entwined with You (Crossfire Trilogy Series #3) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House $4.99  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.

4 thoughts on “Ebook Best-Seller Average Price Gains Nearly $2

  1. Michael W. Perry

    Oh, I don’t know. This “sudden rise” in prices of popular ebooks from major publishers could be an intelligent, long-term response to Apple’s recent loss to the DOJ.

    Federal action, particularly action as irrational as that was, tends drive executives to play it safe, raising prices for bestsellers rather than cutting them. Rather than ‘conspire’ against the threat Amazon’s dominance offers to a healthy ebook market, they’ll just silently agree (without words being spoken) to move more cautiously. They’ve also got all these settlement paybacks to make, and those will need to come from higher prices, lower quality editing, or taking fewer risks on new authors.

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