Divergent Takes Top Four Spots on Best-Seller List as Prices Drop

diverget movie3HarperCollins is having a Hunger Games moment; another year or so of these kinds of sales and it will become a Fifty Shades moment.

For the second week in a row, the three HarperCollins Divergent series titles took the top three spots on our best-seller list, perhaps on the strength of the Divergent movie’s opening weekend haul of $56 million, a very good number. The fourth spot is the collection of all three titles for $14.99 — a savings of about $5 for readers who are finding the best deals, and a powerful argument for ebook bundling.

Amazon Publishing looks to have a consistent hit with Hidden by Catherine McKenzie after a series of titles this year that jumped onto and off the list week-to-week. It currently sits at No. 5, ahead of every ebook without the word “divergent” somewhere in the title.

Six of the next seven best-selling ebooks are from Penguin Random House, which has 11 total best-sellers in the top-25 this week.


Best-Seller Prices Dip Again

Several very low price big-five titles hitting the list helped drive the average price of a best-selling ebook down to $6.77 from $7.65 last week.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (Penguin Random House, $1.99), Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (HarperCollins, $1.99), Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway (HarperCollins, $0.99), and Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story by David Baldacci (Hachette, $1.99) are all new to the list this week.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 3/22/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99
2 (2) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99
3 (3) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99
4 (12) The Divergent Series Complete Collection Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $   14.99 +8
5 (4) Hidden Catherine McKenzie Amazon  $    4.99 -1
6 (5) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -1
7 (8) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +1
8 (n/a) Missing You Harlan Coben Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
9 (9) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50
10 (10) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49
11 (7) The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher’s Edition-No Annotations) Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -4
12 (n/a) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series #1) : The Maze Runner Series #1 James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    1.99 New
13 (11) Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    6.99 -2
14 (13) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
15 (n/a) Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter HarperCollins  $    1.99 New
16 (15) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    6.97 -1
17 (n/a) Tied With Me (With Me In Seattle) Kristen Proby Self-published  $    3.99 New
18 (14) Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup HarperCollins  $    0.99 -4
19 (n/a) Little Girl Lost Brian McGilloway HarperCollins  $    0.99 New
20 (17) Mickey Outside (A White Collar Crime Thriller) David Lender Amazon  $    4.99 -3
21 (n/a) Power Play: A Novel Danielle Steel Penguin Random House  $   11.84 New
22 (n/a) Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    7.99 New
23 (18) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.99 -5
24 (n/a) Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story (Kindle Single) David Baldacci Hachette  $    1.99 New
25 (n/a) Be Careful What You Wish For (The Clifton Chronicles) Jeffrey Archer Macmillan  $   12.74 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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