Ebooks priced $10 and above once dominated the top-25 ebook best-seller list. Most of the best-selling books were published by the largest publishers — mostly by Random House and Penguin, actually — and they were priced by those publishers at $12.99 or $14.99 for the most part. There are at least three reasons why those books no longer make up a majority of the best-seller list:
1. Since retailers have gained the ability to discount those ebooks, prices have come down on the more expensive ebooks, leaving some of them on the list but at lower price points.
2. Following the holiday season, best-sellers from years past made a resurgence as millions of readers had an e-reading device for the first time and bought the discounted titles.
3. It’s possible that since so many best-sellers are now at more attractive price points, the ones that are still above $10 are not as attractive to consumers.
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Jan. 12:
— Top 25 Best-Selling Ebooks
– 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 – $2.99
Read and comment on our methodology.
|1/2 (1)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$ 12.99||—|
|2/11 (2)||The Racketeer||John Grisham||Random House||$ 12.99||—|
|3/17 (3)||Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Random House||$ 12.99||—|
|4/18 (n/a)||Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks 4 Inches 2 Sizes||Ian K. Smith||Macmillan||$ 11.99||New|
|5/24 (4)||Threat Vector (Jack Ryan Novels)||Tom Clancy; Mark Greaney||Penguin||$ 12.99||-1|
|6/28 (5)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin||$ 10.99||-1|
|7/32 (6)||Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot||Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard||Macmillan||$ 12.99||-1|
|8/37 (n/a)||Me Before You: A Novel||Jojo Moyes||Penguin||$ 14.99||New|
|9/42 (n/a)||Tenth of December: Stories||George Saunders||Random House||$ 12.99||New|
|10/45 (n/a)||Collateral Damage (STONE BARRINGTON)||Stuart Woods||Penguin||$ 12.99||New|
* Rank on main list after forward slash; 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 e-book pricing.
Methodology available here.