Fault in Our Stars Stays on Top of Best-Sellers List, Effect of Kindle First
A big box office weekend for the film adaptation of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars (Penguin Random House) has the ebook once again atop this week’s ebook best-seller list. It even bested the debut of Stephen King’s latest, Mr. Mercedes (Simon & Schuster).
Notably missing from the list this week are four Amazon Publishing titles: The Fracking King by James Browning; Supreme Justice by Max Allan Collins; One Lavender Ribbon by Heather Burch; and Artful by Peter David. All four are titles being pushed currently in the Kindle First program.
Kindle First allows Kindle owners a low-priced shot at Amazon Publishing ebook titles before they’re released to the wider public at a discount (in this case, the $4.99 titles are being sold for $1.99). Prime members can download one of these free per month and that’s the issue.
All four of these titles would have been in the top-25 this week — with two in the top ten — if both paid downloads and free downloads were counted. When we queried Amazon on this, a company spokesperson rightly pointed out that none of the downloads were technically free, since Prime is a paid membership program. Nevertheless, not each download was paid for and it could be misleading to include titles that are part free and part paid. When we suggested Amazon provide a breakdown of what percentage of the downloads were free to Prime members, the company declined further comment. Therefore, the only solution we could think of was to remove these titles from the list.
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The average price of a best-selling ebook again jumped over the $8.00 mark to settle this week at $8.17. Last week, the average price of a best-selling ebook was $7.29. The increase is mostly due to the arrival on the list of George R. R. Martin’s five-book Game of Thrones set for $19.99.
|1 (1)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||–|
|2 (n/a)||Mr. Mercedes: A Novel||Stephen King||Simon & Schuster||$ 11.99||New|
|3 (5)||The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 7.50||-2|
|4 (2)||City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments)||Cassandra Clare||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.67||-2|
|5 (3)||Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club)||James Patterson; Maxine Paetro||Hachette||$ 8.99||-2|
|6 (10)||I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings||Maya Angelou||Penguin Random House||$ 4.01||+4|
|7 (12)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 5.99||+5|
|8 (6)||Field of Prey||John Sandford||Penguin Random House||$ 8.99||-2|
|9 (8)||Allegiant (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|10 (9)||Insurgent (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|11 (14)||Divergent (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 4.99||+3|
|12 (11)||The Target (Will Robie)||David Baldacci||Hachette||$ 8.99||-1|
|13 (16)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 8.54||+3|
|14 (21)||Looking for Alaska||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||+7|
|15 (17)||Orphan Train: A Novel||Christina Baker Kline||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+2|
|16 (n/a)||The One and Only||Emily Giffin||Penguin Random House||$ 11.84||New|
|17 (7)||Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files||Jim Butcher||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||-10|
|18 (n/a)||The Best Medicine (A Bell Harbor Novel)||Tracy Brogan||Amazon||$ 4.99||New|
|19 (n/a)||Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander)||Diana Gabaldon||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||New|
|20 (n/a)||Top Secret Twenty-one: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Penguin Random House||$ 11.84||New|
|21 (4)||Moving Day: A Thriller||Jonathan Stone||Amazon||$ 4.99||-17|
|22 (20)||The Collector||Nora Roberts||Penguin Random House||$ 8.99||-2|
|23 (n/a)||George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones 5-Book Boxed Set (Song of Ice and Fire Series): A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons||George R.R. Martin||Penguin Random House||$ 19.99||New|
|24 (n/a)||Etched in Sand||Regina Calcaterra||HarperCollins||$ 0.99||New|
|25 (n/a)||Devil’s Game (Reapers Motorcycle Club)||Joanna Wylde||Penguin Random House||$ 5.12||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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