If you’re a reader looking at best-seller lists for your next good book, what should you expect to pay for what you eventually decide on buying?
Lately, the answer is “about $6.00.” Taking a look at the ebook best-seller list week after week, the $3.00 to $8.00 price range has become extremely dominant. In this week’s top-ten best-sellers, only one is outside of that range — and it’s priced below $3.00.
The quality and variety of titles at this price range is perhaps unprecedented in publishing — except perhaps for library patrons who are happy not reading the current front-list hits.
Only two titles in the top-25 on the list this week are priced above $10.00; but there is only one title priced below $3.00.
As a result the average price of a best-selling ebook this week is $6.64, up slightly from $6.39 last week.
While the average price of a best-selling ebook has fluctuated greatly throughout the fall, the past several weeks demonstrate that retailers and publishers are no longer afraid to discount even the most popular, most recent titles as deeply as possible.
Ebook best-sellers from the week ending 11/17:
|1 (1)||Sycamore Row||John Grisham||Penguin Random House||$ 6.59||—|
|2 (3)||The Book Thief||Markus Zusak||Penguin Random House||$ 2.90||+1|
|3 (5)||Allegiant||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+2|
|4 (8)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 3.99||+4|
|5 (14)||The Goldfinch||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 7.64||+9|
|6 (6)||Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy||Nora Roberts||Penguin Random House||$ 4.79||—|
|7 (4)||Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet)||Orson Scott Card||Macmillan||$ 3.99||-3|
|8 (7)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 5.99||-1|
|9 (2)||Silent Echo||J. R. Rain||Amazon||$ 4.99||-7|
|10 (15)||The Longest Ride||Nicholas Sparks||Hachette||$ 6.62||+5|
|11 (n/a)||Dust (A Scarpetta Novel)||Patricia Cornwell||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||New|
|12 (13)||Insurgent (Divergent)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+1|
|13 (16)||Doctor Sleep: A Novel||Stephen King||Simon & Schuster||$ 7.64||+3|
|14 (10)||Killing Jesus: A History||Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard||Macmillan||$ 10.91||-4|
|15 (19)||Gone (Michael Bennett)||James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge||Hachette||$ 7.64||+4|
|16 (18)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 6.99||+2|
|17 (22)||Catching Fire: (The Hunger Games Trilogy – Book 2)||Suzanne Collins||Scholastic||$ 6.99||+5|
|18 (n/a)||Scorched – Book Four – The Surrender Series||Melody Anne||Gossamer Publishing||$ 3.99||New|
|19 (n/a)||Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers||David Perlmutter Kristin Loberg||Hachette||$ 6.62||New|
|20 (20)||Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel||Lee Child||Penguin Random House||$ 9.74||—|
|21 (9)||Things We Set on Fire||Deborah Reed||Amazon||$ 4.99||-12|
|22 (n/a)||Storm Front (A Virgil Flowers Novel)||John Sandford||Penguin Random House||$ 6.59||New|
|23 (11)||Mine (The REAL series)||Katy Evans||Simon & Schuster||$ 6.87||-12|
|24 (n/a)||David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants||Malcolm Gladwell||Hachette||$ 7.64||New|
|25 (25)||The House of Hades (The Heroes of Olympus Series #4)||Rick Riordan||Hyperion||$ 5.99||—|
* 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.
|To receive this information in your inbox every morning at 8:00 AM Eastern Time, subscribe to the DBW Daily.|