Self-Published Authors Take Two of Top Five Spots as Prices Edge up for Ebook Best-Sellers

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wait for meThe 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Daughter (Macmillan, $2.99) and   Liz Murray’s Breaking Night (Hyperion, $1.99) have dropped off the list and have been replaced by titles like Dan Brown’s Inferno (Random House, $14.99) and James Patterson’s Private Berlin (Hachette, $10.90).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

Read and comment on our methodology.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 1/26/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
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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