Self-Published Authors Take Two of Top Five Spots as Prices Edge up for Ebook Best-Sellers
The top three books on our ebook best-seller list stayed the same this week — one from Hachette, one from Random House and one from a self-published author, in that order. In past weeks, book No. 4 has typically been from a big-six publishing house. This week it’s a self-published title, making two of the top for best-selling ebooks from last week self-published titles.
Wait for Me by Elisabeth Naughton went on sale in Dec. of 2011 but surged into the top 100 Kindle best-sellers a few weeks ago, likely due at least in part to a price drop to $0.99 from $3.99.
The ebook is only available on Kindle. CORRECTION: Wait for me is available at multiple ebook retailers.
Despite the prominent rise of such a low-priced title, the average price of a book on our list ticked up for the first time since Oct. to $8.30 from an all-time low of $7.66 last week. The increase takes the average price of an ebook best-seller to its highest point in calendar 2013.
Several lower-priced books, like Paula Brackston Witch’s Daughter (Macmillan, $2.99) and Liz Murray’s Breaking Night (Hyperion, $1.99) have dropped off the list and have been replaced by titles like Dan Brown’s Inferno (Random House, $14.99) and James Patterson’s Private Berlin (Hachette, $10.90).
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending Jan. 26:
– 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 – $2.99
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|1 (1)||Safe Haven||Nicholas Sparks||Hachette||$ 6.64||–|
|2 (2)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$ 12.99||–|
|3 (3)||Someone to Love||Addison Moore||Self-published||$ 0.99||–|
|4 (n/a)||Wait For Me||Elisabeth Naughton||Self-published||$ 0.99||New|
|5 (4)||The Forgotten||David Baldacci||Hachette||$ 9.20||-1|
|6 (n/a)||Private Berlin||James Patterson; Mark Sullivan||Hachette||$ 10.90||New|
|7 (12)||Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures Series #1)||Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl||Hachette||$ 6.99||+5|
|8 (6)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||-2|
|9 (7)||Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||-2|
|10 (5)||Fifty Shades Of Grey: Book One Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||-5|
|11 (8)||Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 2)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||-3|
|12 (9)||Mockingjay (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 3)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.99||-3|
|13 (11)||The Racketeer||John Grisham||Random House||$ 12.99||-2|
|14 (13)||The Black Box (A Harry Bosch Novel)||Michael Connelly||Hachette||$ 7.50||-1|
|15 (n/a)||Crazy Little Thing||Tracy Brogan||Amazon||$ 3.99||New|
|16 (19)||The Fifth Assassin||Brad Meltzer||Hachette||$ 12.74||+3|
|17 (17)||Witch’s Daughter||Paula Brackston||Macmillan||$ 2.99||–|
|18 (14)||Private London||James Patterson; Mark Pearson||Hachette||$ 8.28||-4|
|19 (n/a)||Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures)||Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl||Hachette||$ 6.99||New|
|20 (21)||Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||+1|
|21 (10)||The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 1)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.00||-11|
|22 (22)||Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel||Sylvia Day||Penguin||$ 9.99||–|
|23 (24)||Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Random House||$ 12.99||+1|
|24 (23)||Life of Pi||Yann Martel||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||$ 8.63||-1|
|25 (n/a)||Inferno: A Novel||Dan Brown||Random House||$ 14.99||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 e-book pricing.
Methodology available here.
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