Ebook Best-Seller Prices Dip as Non-’Big-Five’ Publishers Take Precious Few Spots
For the first time in a month, a self-published title is on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list.
The Arrangement 11 by H.M. Ward (No. 18) finally broke through after planned releases and discounted best-sellers helped the “big five” publishing houses dominate the ebook best-seller list for weeks.
It was only a few months ago when it looked like self-published titles would completely take over the ebook best-seller list. In the first quarter of 2013, self-published titles appeared on the DBW list 22 times. In the second quarter, self-published titles appeared on the list twice as many times, bringing the half-year total to 66. That’s roughly 10% of all appearances on the list in the first half.
In the second half of the year, self-published titles aren’t faring nearly so well — anecdotally, that is, as the final numbers won’t be in for a few months. But four weeks with no appearances can’t help matters.
Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook dipped down to $7.99 this week after successive increases that saw it get closer to $9.00 than $8.00 for the first time in months.
Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 11/3:
|1 (2)||Sycamore Row||John Grisham||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||+1|
|2 (1)||Allegiant||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|3 (4)||Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet)||Orson Scott Card||Macmillan||$ 3.98||+1|
|4 (25)||Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy||Nora Roberts||Penguin Random House||$ 7.99||+19|
|5 (3)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 5.99||-2|
|6 (5)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 3.99||-1|
|7 (6)||Killing Jesus: A History||Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard||Macmillan||$ 10.91||-1|
|8 (14)||The Book Thief||Markus Zusak||Penguin Random House||$ 3.99||+6|
|9 (11)||Insurgent (Divergent)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+2|
|10 (17)||Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics||Charles Krauthammer||Penguin Random House||$ 11.47||+7|
|11 (8)||Doctor Sleep: A Novel||Stephen King||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.99||-3|
|12 (9)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 6.99||-3|
|13 (10)||The Longest Ride||Nicholas Sparks||Hachette||$ 10.91||-3|
|14 (12)||Gone (Michael Bennett)||James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge||Hachette||$ 11.99||-2|
|15 (18)||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 10.99||+3|
|16 (15)||Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel||Lee Child||Penguin Random House||$ 9.74||-1|
|17 (n/a)||Silent Echo||J. R. Rain||Amazon||$ 4.99||New|
|18 (n/a)||The Arrangement 11 (Ferro Family)||H.M. Ward||Self-Published||$ 2.99||New|
|19 (19)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Penguin Random House||$ 7.99||–|
|20 (7)||The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus Series #4)||Rick Riordan||Hachette||$ 9.99||-13|
|21 (16)||Storm Front (A Virgil Flowers Novel)||John Sandford||Penguin Random House||$ 10.91||-5|
|22 (20)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 3.99||-2|
|23 (n/a)||Two Graves (Pendergast)||Douglas Preston; Lincoln Child||Hachette||$ 2.99||New|
|24 (n/a)||Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 7.40||New|
|25 (21)||David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants||Malcolm Gladwell||Hachette||$ 12.59||-4|
* 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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