‘Divergent’ Still Leads Best-Seller List

Divergent hc c(2)The momentum hasn’t abated for HarperCollins just yet.

For what’s now the sixth out of all eight weeks in 2014, Veronica Roth’s Divergent again takes the No. 1 place on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list.

The dystopian novel is joined by the other two books in the trilogy, Insurgent and Allegiant, at Nos. 2 and 5, respectively. Sales of all three have been given a boost by the movie based on Divergent, due out in theaters March 21.

In No. 3 this week is Debbe Macomber’s Friends–And Then Some, a 1986 best-seller that Penguin Random House is currently retailing for the hot price of $0.99.


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