J.K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling Soars to No.1

Cuckoos-CallingWhen news that Robert Galbraith is in fact a penname for accomplished author J.K. Rowling leaked to the press earlier this month, sales of his first book The Cuckcoo’s Calling increased drastically.

Prior to the news, sales of the ebook version were reported to be around only 7,000. This week, the title tops DBW’s ebook best-sellers list.

Does this mean celebrity sells ebooks? It’s more likely that celebrity founded upon a track record of good writing sells ebooks. And the intrigue of it all certainly didn’t hurt matters.

After all, The Cuckoo’s Calling is a crime drama, complete with a main character who’s a private eye and a mystery to be investigated.

The Galbraith / Rowling’s title, from Hachette’s Sphere imprint, knocks ebook publishing powerhouse Penguin Random House out of the top position on DBW’s list. The publisher has nine titles on this week’s ebook best-sellers list. That’s two fewer than the previous week.

Ebook Best-Seller Pricing
The average price of an ebook best-seller this week is $7.31, down only slightly from last week’s average of $7.82.

Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 7/21:

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 7/21/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher Price** Change
1 (n/a) The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith Hachette $9.99 new
2 (1) Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) Dan Brown Penguin Random House $12.99 -1
3 (n/a) The English Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) Daniel Silva HarperCollins $11.99 new
4 (2) Second Honeymoon James Patterson; Howard Roughan Hachette $9.99 -2
5 (n/a) When I Found You Catherine Ryan Hyde Amazon $0.99 new
6 (4) And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel Khaled Hosseini Penguin Random House $10.99 -2
7 (22) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House $3.99 +15
8 (8) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $12.99
9 (9) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins $4.66
10 (7) Entwined with You (Crossfire Trilogy Series #3) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House $8.89 -3
11 (11) The Billionaire’s Obsession: The Complete Collection Boxed Set (Mine For Tonight, Mine For Now, Mine Forever, Mine Completely) J. S. Scott Self-published $0.99
12 (6) Hidden Order: A Thriller Brad Thor Simon & Schuster $11.99 -6
13 (10) Bombshell : An FBI Thriller #17 Coulter, Catherine Penguin Random House $9.99 -3
14 (16) The Witness Sandra Brown Hachette $1.99 +2
15 (12) Insurgent (Divergent) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $6.99 -3
16 (n/a) Shine Not Burn Elle Casey Self-published $0.99 new
17 (19)  Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) Orson Scott Card Macmillan $4.78 +2
18 (13) The Hit (Will Robie) David Baldacci Hachette $7.99 -5
19 (18) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Penguin Random House $9.99 -1
20 (15) Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen Penguin Random House $12.99 -5
21 (n/a/) Frigid J Lynn Spencer Hill  Press $0.99 new
22 (17) The Heist: A Novel Janet Evanovich; Lee Goldberg Penguin Random House $12.99 -5
23 (n/a) Deadly Stakes: A Novel (Ali Reynolds) J.A. Jance Simon & Schuster $1.99 new
24 (n/a) The Light Between Oceans: A Novel ML Stedman Simon & Schuster $4.99 new
25 (n/a) This Man Confessed (This Man Trilogy) Jodi Ellen Malpas Hachette $5.51 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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