A $22 Ebook Best-Seller?!

capital_book_thomas_pikettyIt’s true – there’s a book on the best-seller list this week priced at $21.99: Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty from Harvard University Press.

More: The No. 1 ebook best-seller this week is David Baldacci’s The Target (Hachette), priced at $12.74.

As a result, the average price of a best-selling ebook is now $8.03, the highest it’s been in months. This is opposed to the overall trend over the past two years, which is downward.

More, including the top-25 best-selling ebooks this week.

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F+W’s New Name, New Logo (DBW)
F+W Media (DBW’s parent) will from now on be known as F+W, A Content + eCommerce Company. The new name reflects the changing nature of the company’s business, CEO David Nussbaum wrote in a memo. There’s also a new logo. Check it out here.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harbinger of Future of Digital (Forbes)
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German Publisher Makes Digital Moves in the U.S. (PW)
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HMH Keeps on Rolling out the Digital Learning Products (DBW)
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EdX Partners With Ingram on MOOC Distribution (DBW)
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Pay What You Want for Digital Comics (DBW)
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HarperCollins and Open Road Go Back to Court (Pub Lunch)
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Will Literary Ever Go Digital? (Pub Perspectives)
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Amazon Retires Kindle DX (The Digital Reader)
This is the second time the oversized e-reader is being put to sleep.

Last Chance: DBW Webcast on What Ebook Readers Are Reading (DBW)
You already know all about this webcast. Well, it’s today at noon Eastern Time. Last chance to register. Register now!


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