Ebook Prices Jump; HarperCollins, Amazon and More

shutterstock_146512214After weeks of slowly ticking up, getting more than halfway to the $7.00 mark, the average price of a best-selling ebook jumped this week to $7.49.

At the end of January, the average price of a best-selling ebook was $5.36, just $0.09 off an all-time low, recorded in December 2013. Since then, it’s been steadily ticking up, with a slight hiccup a few weeks ago when the index dropped to $6.02 from $6.09. In just two months, the average price has increased more than $2.00, or a 40% rise.

Why has the average price of a best-selling ebook increased so much in such a short period of time? Two culprits: Higher-priced big-five titles and lower-priced self-published titles. The former are on the list in greater numbers than in many months and the latter are conspicuously absent.

Much more, including HarperCollins and Amazon Publishing and best-sellers.

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