Self-Published Titles Hang Tough on Ebook Best-Sellers List

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Screen shot 2013-05-06 at 2.11.03 PMThis week six self-published titles rank on the DBW Best-Sellers list.

The top three spots however go to traditionally published titles. And Hachette, this year’s no. 1 ebook publisher, has the top two titles with David Baldacci’s The Hit and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby James Patterson’s and Maxine Paetro’s 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club). F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (Simon & Schuster) made a strong appearance at No. 3 this week, likely due to the upcoming theatrical release.

Editor’s Note: The above paragraph has been corrected to accurately reflect that the top two Hachette titles are The Hit and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club). The Great Gatsby is published by Simon & Schuster. We regret the error.

And, the best-sellers list isn’t the only place Hachette titles are showing up these days. Last week the publisher became the final, of the big six, to offer its catalog to library patrons through distribution services like OverDrive and 3M.

If, as studies have shown, library patrons are more inclined to buy ebooks after having borrowed them from the library, Hachette could well continue its ebook success.

Meanwhile, the average price of an ebook best-seller rebounded this week to $7.98 after hitting an all-time low last week of $6.58, driven by the appearance on the list of a handful of higher-priced titles from Penguin, Random House and Macmillan.

See the rest of the the best-seller lists for the week ending May 5:

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

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 5/5/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher   Price** Change
1 (1) The Hit David Baldacci Hachette  $8.99
2 (16) 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club) James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $11.99 +14
3 (7) The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald Simon & Schuster  $4.99 +4
4 (2) Damaged H.M. Ward self-published  $0.99 -2
5 (4) Whiskey Beach Nora Roberts Penguin  $12.99 -1
6 (3) The Bet Rachel Van Dyken self-published  $0.99 -3
7 (5) Twisted Perfection Abbi Glines self-published  $3.99 -2
8 (14) The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel Matthew Quick Macmillan  $4.99 +6
9 (11) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Random House  $12.99 +2
10 (20) Fly Away Kristin Hannah Macmillan  $12.59 +10
11 (n/a) Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) Dan Brown Random House  $14.99 New
12 (6) Real Katy Evans self-published  $3.99 -6
13 (9) Six Years Harlan Coben Penguin  $12.99 -4
14 (n/a) Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir Amanda Knox HarperCollins  $12.99 New
15 (8) Alex Cross, Run James Patterson Hachette  $7.49 -7
16 (10) Don’t Say a Word Barbara Freethy self-published  $0.99 -6
17 (n/a) Wedding Night: A Novel Sophie Kinsella Random House  $12.99 New
18 (12) Breath of Scandal Sandra Brown Hachette  $4.74 -6
19 (24) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Random House  $9.99 +5
20 (23) Promise Me Darkness Paige Weaver self-published  $0.99 +3
21 (n/a) The Sisterhood Helen Bryan Amazon  $3.99 New
22 (n/a) Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls David Sedaris Hachette  $10.99 New
23 (17) Fever (The Breathless Trilogy) Maya Banks Penguin  $9.99 -6
24 (n/a) Walk Me Home Catherine Ryan Hyde Amazon  $3.99 New
25 (21) Unintended Consequences (Stone Barrington) Stuart Woods Penguin  $12.99 -4

* 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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DeannaUtroske

About DeannaUtroske

Deanna Utroske is the Content Producer at Digital Book World and an active member of New York Women in Communications, where she serves on the Integrated Marketing & Communications Committee. Previously, Deanna worked in the editorial office of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, a publication of the University of Chicago Press.

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