Soho Press Tops Best-Sellers List, Big Publishers With $1.99 Title

the boy in the suitcaseThe world of ebooks make it very easy for the little guy to compete with the big boys. In the world of ebooks, having a massive sales force that can reach every bookstore — big and small — doesn’t confer an advantage. The distribution playing field is leveled.

Hence, this week, we see an ebook from a small, independent publisher reaching the No. 1 spot. Soho Press’s The Boy in the Suitcase is atop the rankings, besting Hachette’s J.K. Rowling hit The Cuckoo’s Calling (No. 2) and Penguin Random House’s latest Lee Child title, High Heat: A Jack Reacher Short Story (No. 3).

Soho Press beat out these bigger publishers’ titles (and many others) wielding a now-familiar weapon to followers of the ebook charts: price. At $1.99, the book is priced much lower than other top sellers.

That said, the average price of a best-selling ebook plummeted again this week to $6.77, down nearly $1.50 from last week and just $0.19 off of the all-time low of $6.58. The culprit is several new low-priced titles hitting the list. All of this week’s new titles are priced below $3.00 — save for Fifty Shades Freed (No. 25), which at $9.99 is not new to the list, per se, but new this week as opposed to last week.

Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 8/18:

– 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 8/18/13
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (n/a) The Boy in the Suitcase Lene Kaaberbol; Agnete Friis Soho Press  $    1.99 New
2 (1) The Cuckoo’s Calling Robert Galbraith; J. K. Rowling Hachette  $    9.99 -1
3 (3) High Heat: A Jack Reacher Short Story Lee Child Penguin Random House  $    1.99
4 (5) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 +1
5 (6) Mistress James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette  $   12.74 +1
6 (18) City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Book 01 Cassandra Clare Simon & Schuster  $    4.99 +12
7 (4) Inferno: A Novel (Robert Langdon) Dan Brown Penguin Random House  $   12.99 -3
8 (n/a) Princess Jean Sasson Self-published  $    0.99 New
9 (7) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    3.99 -2
10 (2) Burn (The Breathless Trilogy) Maya Banks Penguin Random House  $    8.89 -8
11 (9) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $   12.99 -2
12 (14) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    3.99 +2
13 (8) And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel Khaled Hosseini Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -5
14 (13) The Silent Wife: A Novel A. S. A. Harrison Penguin Random House  $    8.89 -1
15 (n/a) Afterburn (Cosmo Red-Hot Reads from Harlequin) Sylvia Day Harlequin  $    2.99 New
16 (15) Insurgent (Divergent) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
17 (11) The English Girl: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) Daniel Silva HarperCollins  $   11.99 -6
18 (17) Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet) Orson Scott Card Macmillan  $    3.98 -1
19 (16) Second Honeymoon James Patterson; Howard Roughan Hachette  $    9.99 -3
20 (n/a) Circle of Bones Christine Kling Amazon  $    1.99 New
21 (20) Entwined with You (Crossfire Trilogy Series #3) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House  $    8.89 -1
22 (12) The Redemption of Callie & Kayden Jessica Sorensen Hachette  $    2.99 -10
23 (n/a) Marriage of Convenience Boxed Set (Favorite Romance Themes) Judith Arnold Self-published  $    0.99 New
24 (n/a) Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Austin Kleon Workman  $    1.99 New
25 (n/a) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E. L. James Penguin Random House  $    9.99 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 ebook pricing. Methodology available here.

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