Best-Seller Prices Inch up, Penguin Random House Dominates Top 25

if i stayGayle Forman’s If I Stay topped the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list for a second straight week after ending a huge run at No. 1 for John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

What else do the two titles have in common, aside from multiple weeks selling more than any other ebook out there? They’re both published by Penguin Random House.

The world’s biggest trade publisher brought to market 13 out of the 25 ebooks on this week’s list. For those of you math majors out there, that’s more than half. The publisher’s titles were top-heavy, too, taking the first four spots on the list and seven of the top ten.

Part of the reason Penguin Random House in particular and big publishers generally have been dominating the ebook best-seller list over the past few weeks is due to the removal of Kindle Unlimited titles from the equation, which is explained here.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook this week jumped to $7.99, up about a half dollar from last week’s $7.48.

 

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 8/7/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99
2 (9) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +7
3 (2) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
4 (5) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 +1
5 (3) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    6.99 -2
6 (4) Gone Girl Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    9.15 -2
7 (6) Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story (Kindle Single) Lee Child Penguin Random House  $    1.99 -1
8 (15) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 +7
9 (16) Insurgent (Divergent Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +7
10 (21) Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +11
11 (11) Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three Of The Fifty Shades Trilogy E L James Penguin Random House  $    7.99
12 (13) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +1
13 (7) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    9.12 -6
14 (19) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    9.99 +5
15 (18) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +3
16 (10) Invisible James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette  $    8.99 -6
17 (n/a) Ugly Love: A Novel Colleen Hoover Simon & Schuster  $    7.59 New
18 (14) The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14) Daniel Silva HarperCollins  $   13.99 -4
19 (8) Act of War: A Thriller Brad Thor Simon & Schuster  $   12.74 -9
20 (n/a) The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) Deborah Harkness Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
21 (23) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 +2
22 (20) Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -2
23 (n/a) The Proposition 5: The Ferro Family H.M.  Ward Self-published  $    2.99 New
24 (24) A Perfect Life: A Novel Danielle Steel Penguin Random House  $   11.84
25 (n/a) Night Moves Nora Roberts HarperCollins  $    5.38 New

* 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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