Amazon Publishing Has Another No. 1 Best-Seller, Divergent Slips

i am liviaAmazon Publishing joins an extremely exclusive club this week on the ebook best-seller list: publishers with more than one No. 1 best-seller this year.

Until this week, HarperCollins was the exclusive member of that club, with its Divergent hit taking the No. 1 spot this year all but three times, losing it once to Hachette, once to a self-published title and once to Amazon Publishing. After this week, make that twice to Amazon.

I am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith jumped 14 spots to take the No. 1 rank. Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch, a Hachette title, jumped ten spots to move to No. 2; and Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (et al) from HaperCollins leapfrogged the Divergent series to go to No. 3. The Divergent books are now Nos. 4, 5 and six.

Related: Publisher Power Rankings, Q1 2014

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook jumped almost a dollar to $7.71, up from $6.77 last week.


Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 4/19/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price* Change
1 (15) I Am Livia Phyllis T. Smith Amazon  $    4.99 +14
2 (12) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50 +10
3 (6) Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Todd Burpo; Sonja Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo HarperCollins  $    7.99 +3
4 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 -3
5 (3) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2
6 (4) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2
7 (n/a) The Collector Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
8 (5) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.40 -3
9 (2) The Fixed Trilogy: Fixed on You, Found in You, Forever with You Laurelin Paige Self-published  $    0.99 -7
10 (n/a) Home to Stay (An Anchor Island Novel) Terri Osburn Amazon  $    4.99 New
11 (9) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -2
12 (n/a) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.99 New
13 (13) NYPD Red 2 James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette  $    8.99
14 (17) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +3
15 (8) The Divergent Series Complete Collection Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $   14.99 -7
16 (21) Little Girl Lost: A Lucy Black Thriller (Lucy Black Thrillers) Brian McGilloway HarperCollins  $    0.99 +5
17 (7) Missing You Harlan Coben Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -10
18 (n/a) Plaster City (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) Johnny Shaw Amazon  $    4.99 New
19 (14) I’ve Got You Under My Skin: A Novel Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 -5
20 (18) Sycamore Row (Jake Brigance) John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49 -2
21 (25) Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    2.99 +4
22 (16) Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -6
23 (n/a) George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons George R.R. Martin Penguin Random House  $   19.99 New
24 (24) The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   10.99
25 (19) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) (The Maze Runner Series) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    4.66 -6

* 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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One thought on “Amazon Publishing Has Another No. 1 Best-Seller, Divergent Slips

  1. Aaron Shepard

    I don’t understand why you are reporting Amazon’s accomplishment as if it had anything to do with publishing success. Amazon is gaming its site to sell more of its own publications. That’s the only reason it’s doing so well on “bestseller” lists. Hugh Howey’s study showed this, but you only need to visit Amazon and examine the featured books to figure it out for yourself.



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