Amazon Roars With Top Ebook Best-Sellers

the barkeepAmazon Publishing may have just made the splash in book publishing it’s been trying to make since its launch five years ago.

Amazon had four of the top-25 best-selling ebooks last week, including the No. 1 best-selling ebook, The Barkeep by William Lashner. To date, the highest Amazon Publishing has been on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list is No. 3When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde had its high-water mark in July 2013; the title is currently sitting at No. 9.

The other two Amazon titles on the list are Mint Juleps and Justice by Nancy Naigle (No. 4) and The Line by J.D. Horn (No. 11).

Speculation swirled around Amazon retreating from its investment in book publishing after several years of disappointments spending big money acquiring titles by Penny Marshall and Timothy Ferriss that didn’t quite pan out. Then, chatter intensified late last year when high-profile publisher Larry Kirshbaum announced his departure from the company and he was soon replaced with an internal candidate based in Seattle.

This week’s ebook performance could put some of that chatter to rest. Amazon Publishing finally performed well compared to the big publishers, which took almost all the rest of the best-seller spots. Penguin Random House led the charge with ten ebook best-sellers; HarperCollins was next with five; Hachette, like Amazon, had four; Simon & Schuster had one; and there was one self-published ebook best-seller this week.

Meanwhile, the average price of a top-25 best-selling ebook ticked up to $6.09 from $5.36 last week. Three of the four Amazon best-sellers were priced at $4.99; the other, When I Found You, was priced at $1.99.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 2/1/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (14) The Barkeep William Lashner Amazon  $    4.99 +13
2 (11) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.19 +9
3 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.66 -2
4 (n/a) Mint Juleps and Justice (An Adams Grove Novel) Nancy Naigle Amazon  $    4.99 New
5 (3) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2
6 (7) The Rosie Project: A Novel Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster  $    1.99 +1
7 (4) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50 -3
8 (5) Allegiant Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -3
9 (6) When I Found You Catherine Ryan Hyde Amazon  $    1.99 -3
10 (9) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -1
11 (n/a) The Line (Witching Savannah, Book One) J. D. Horn Amazon  $    4.99 New
12 (8) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49 -4
13 (25) Labor Day: A Novel Joyce Maynard HarperCollins  $    4.00 +12
14 (10) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -4
15 (12) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.99 -3
16 (n/a) The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History Robert M. Edsel Hachette  $    2.99 New
17 (2) Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Marcus Luttrell Hachette  $    3.99 -15
18 (18) The Invention of Wings: A Novel Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   11.99
19 (21) First Love James Patterson; Emily Raymond Hachette  $    8.59 +2
20 (20) Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel (Detective D. D. Warren) Lisa Gardner Penguin Random House  $   10.91
21 (17) Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup HarperCollins  $    0.99 -4
22 (24) The Ex Games J. S. Cooper Self-published  $    0.99 +2
23 (n/a) Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel Anna Quindlen Penguin Random House  $   10.65 New
24 (n/a) Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Penguin Random House  $    6.49 New
25 (16) Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Robert M. Gates Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -9

* 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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