For the first time ever, a self-published title has hit No. 1 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, occupying a position once held by Fifty Shades of Grey, Gone Girl and other mega best-selling titles.
The book, Wait for You, is authored and published by Jennifer L. Armentrout under the pen name J. Lynn, which she calls her “alter-ego.” Armentrout has published books with Hyperion, Harlequin and several others in addition to self-publishing; that is, she’s a hybrid author.
Wait for You went on sale Feb. 26 and immediately started inching up the best-seller list. While this week is the first time it’s in our top-25, it barely missed at No. 27 last week and was No. 9 on the $0.00 to $2.99 list. Propelling it to the No. 1 spot was a price promotion executed by Armentrout and without the aid of a retailer promotion like a Kindle Daily Deal. The book was $0.99 for three days last week. It’s now selling for $2.99.
Another astounding development on the list this week is The Hunger Games Trilogy at No. 5. The entire three-book set is now selling for $5.00 — the same price as just the first book and less than the other two. The trilogy had dropped off our radar and hadn’t even been in the Amazon top-100 since late Dec. Last week, the price was dropped from $18.99. If purchased alone, the first book in the trilogy is $5.00 and the other two are $5.99. If you haven’t yet read the category-breaking trilogy, now might be the time.
The one thing that was not surprising this week was that the average price of a best-selling ebook dropped again, to $7.61 from $7.86 last week. It’s flirting with the all-time low, achieved less than a month ago — $7.56.
See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending March 10:
– 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 – $2.99
Read and comment on our methodology.
|1 (n/a)||Wait for You||J. Lynn||Self-published||$ 0.99||New|
|2 (2)||Alex Cross, Run||James Patterson||Hachette||$ 11.99||—|
|3 (12)||Mirror Image||Sandra Brown||Hachette||$ 1.99||+9|
|4 (1)||Safe Haven||Nicholas Sparks||Hachette||$ 5.22||-3|
|5 (n/a)||The Hunger Games Trilogy||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 5.00||New|
|6 (6)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Random House||$ 12.99||—|
|7 (8)||A Week in Winter||Maeve Binchy||Random House||$ 12.99||+1|
|8 (4)||Calculated in Death||J. D. Robb||Penguin||$ 12.99||-4|
|9 (5)||The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel||Matthew Quick||Macmillan||$ 9.99||-4|
|10 (9)||Rush (The Breathless Trilogy)||Maya Banks||Penguin||$ 7.99||-1|
|11 (3)||Wait For Me||Elisabeth Naughton||Self-published||$ 2.99||-8|
|12 (n/a)||Three Sisters (Blackberry Island)||Susan Mallery||Harlequin||$ 5.00||New|
|13 (14)||Into the Darkest Corner||Elizabeth Haynes||HarperCollins||$ 1.99||+1|
|14 (n/a)||Firefly Lane: A Novel||Kristin Hannah||Macmillan||$ 2.99||New|
|15 (n/a)||Reckless||S.C. Stephens||Simon & Schuster||$ 7.35||New|
|16 (n/a)||The Storyteller||Jodi Picoult||Simon & Schuster||$ 12.59||New|
|17 (7)||Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures Series #1)||Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl||Hachette||$ 4.75||-10|
|18 (n/a)||Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson)||Patricia Briggs||Penguin||$ 12.99||New|
|19 (17)||Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy||E. L. James||Random House||$ 9.99||-2|
|20 (11)||Touch and Go||Lisa Gardner||Penguin||$ 12.99||-9|
|21 (15)||Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures)||Kami Garcia; Margaret Stohl||Hachette||$ 7.59||-4|
|22 (16)||Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel||Jonathan Kellerman||Random House||$ 12.99||-6|
|23 (n/a)||Defending Jacob: A Novel||William Landay||Random House||$ 7.99||New|
|24 (n/a)||Relentless||Cassia Leo||ORLY Press||$ 0.99||New|
|25 (n/a)||Always On My Mind: The Sullivans||Bella Andre||Self-published||$ 4.99||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.
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