Amazon Falling Off Best-Seller List as Prices Tick up

concealed in deathFor a few weeks it seemed as if Amazon Publishing had finally arrived to compete with the world’s largest publishers, which consistently dominate the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list.

For several weeks in a row, Amazon had a handful of top sellers, including a No. 1 ebook best-seller the week ending February 1, a first for the publisher.

After sustaining some of its best-sellers for several weeks, Amazon publishing titles began to slip down the list and this week there is only one ebook on our best-seller list, which tracks sales across Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo and Google. The title is The Rented Mule by Bobby Cole, sitting at No. 25 on the list for $4.99.

At the same time, HarperCollins has added another No. 1 best-seller to its pile this year with Veronica Roth’s Divergent taking the spot again for the third week in a row. And Penguin Random House again has 10 or more ebook best-sellers, a feat the large publisher has achieved a majority of weeks since it was formed last summer.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook continues to tick up, now sitting at $6.48, up from $6.24 last week.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 2/22/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99
2 (2) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    5.50
3 (n/a) Concealed in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
4 (3) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50 -1
5 (5) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99
6 (6) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99
7 (8) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49 +1
8 (9) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +1
9 (10) Private L.A. James Patterson; Mark Sullivan Hachette  $   11.99 +1
10 (13) The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Robert M. Edsel Hachette  $    4.49 +3
11 (n/a) The Bean Trees: A Novel Barbara Kingsolver HarperCollins  $    1.99 New
12 (15) The Invention of Wings: A Novel Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   11.99 +3
13 (20) Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel Jonathan Kellerman Penguin Random House  $   11.48 +7
14 (12) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2
15 (16) Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel Anna Quindlen Penguin Random House  $   10.65 +1
16 (18) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    6.54 +2
17 (19) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.99 +2
18 (n/a) The House Girl (P.S.) Tara Conklin HarperCollins  $    1.99 New
19 (17) Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Marcus Luttrell Patrick Robinson Hachette  $    3.99 -2
20 (n/a) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    6.99 New
21 (22) The Ex Games J. S. Cooper Self-published  $    0.99 +1
22 (23) First Love James Patterson; Emily Raymond Hachette  $    8.59 +1
23 (24) The Rosie Project: A Novel Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster  $    1.99 +1
24 (n/a) The Ex Games 2 J. S. Cooper Self-published  $    0.99 New
25 (14) The Rented Mule Bobby Cole Amazon  $    4.99 -11

* 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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7 thoughts on “Amazon Falling Off Best-Seller List as Prices Tick up

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  3. Michael W. Perry

    Amazon as both a publisher and a retailer makes one appreciate Apple all the more. Despite being a leading retailer, it has had enough sense not to become a music company, a movie company or a publisher.

    More and more, Amazon reminds me of another metro-Seattle company that didn’t understand its limitations–Microsoft. Both were afflicted with what the ancient Greeks called hubris. From Wikipedia:

    Hubris (/ˈhjuːbrɪs/, also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις), means extreme pride or self-confidence. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.

    –Michael W. Perry, editor of G. K. Chesterton, A Criticism by Cecil Chesterton (Centennial Edition)

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  5. Jorge

    I agree with Michael. Amazon has overextended itself to be a very superficial “want to be” publisher. Is not anymore a cultural institution is now a supermarket. Difficult to mix books with shoes, pampers and tomatoes.
    Great article and data that is ignored by Wall Street and the media

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