Hachette Books Discounted, Penguin Random House Still on Top of Best-Sellers List

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moving dayPenguin Random House is still on top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list this week with another strong performance from The Fault in Our Stars, the John Green hit that hits theaters as a movie in early June. It may not have needed the boost, but the book was discounted to $4.99 from $7.40.

The prices of other titles went down as well, notably Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which was selling for $12.74 and is now $8.99; and The Target by David Baldacci, which was also $12.74 and is now also $8.99.

Hachette ebooks were selling at much higher prices last week, possibly due to Hachette’s current battle with Amazon over its next distribution contract.

Related: Inside Amazon’s Battle With Hachette

The average price of a best-selling ebook has gone up this week to $7.45 from $6.88 last week, mostly due to a $19.99 ebook set of the five Game of Thrones titles by George R.R. Martin from Penguin Random House. If we looked at that title as five books, the average price of a best-selling ebook this week would be just about $7.00.

Meanwhile, Amazon Publishing has another hit on its hands. For the second week in a row, Moving Day by Jonathan Stone is No. 2 on the list.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 5/17/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99
2 (2) Moving Day: A Thriller Jonathan Stone Amazon  $    4.99
3 (3) Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $    8.99
4 (5) Dragon’s Triangle Christine Kling Amazon  $    4.99 +1
5 (8) Field of Prey John Sandford Penguin Random House  $    8.99 +3
6 (6) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50
7 (10) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +3
8 (11) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +3
9 (15) From the Moment We Met (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel) Marina Adair Amazon  $    4.99 +6
10 (7) The Target (Will Robie) David Baldacci Hachette  $    8.99 -3
11 (9) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 -2
12 (22) Chasing the Sun: A Novel Natalia Sylvester Amazon  $    4.99 +10
13 (14) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.54 +1
14 (17) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +3
15 (19) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +4
16 (4) The One (The Selection) Kiera Cass HarperCollins  $    8.73 -12
17 (18) Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Todd Burpo; Sonja Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo HarperCollins  $    7.99 +1
18 (20) The Collector Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    8.73 +2
19 (21) Natchez Burning (Penn Cage) Greg Iles HarperCollins  $    8.99 +2
20 (16) Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings Michelle Knight Perseus Books  $    8.73 -4
21 (n/a) The Invention of Wings: With Notes (Oprah’s Book Club 2.0) Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   10.99 New
22 (n/a) The Wedding Contract (A Ferro Family Novel) H.M.  Ward Self-published  $    4.99 New
23 (n/a) Pushing the Limits Katie McGarry Harlequin  $    0.31 New
24 (n/a) Inferno: A Novel Dan Brown Penguin Random House  $    6.99 New
25 (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

* 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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