Hachette Titles, Average Price Inch Upward on Ebook Best-Seller List

James-Patterson-BurnThe past several weeks have not seen particularly strong showings for Hachette on the Ebook Best-Seller List, partly because of the publisher’s battle with Amazon and partly because of the steep competition from competitors, especially Penguin Random House.

But this week Hachette titles are making a modest comeback, led by James Patterson’s Burn, which debuts at No. 6. That comes at a week when one of Hachette’s best-performing ebooks for the past few months, Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-winning The Goldfinch, falls off the list.

Nevertheless, the publisher scores two titles within the top ten this week (four altogether make the latest list), with Nicholas Sparks’s The Best of Me joining Burn–a first in many weeks.

Meanwhile, a self-published title debuts at No. 2: Stepbrother Dearest by best-selling author Penelope Ward.

The average price of a best-selling ebook climbs to $7.74 from $7.57 last week, aided by the significant portion of titles priced above $10–of which this week there are seven.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 10/4/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    7.99
2 (n/a) Stepbrother Dearest Penelope Ward Self-published  $    2.99 New
3 (5) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +2
4 (20) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House  $   11.99 +16
5 (3) Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General Martin Dugard Macmillan  $    9.99 -2
6 (n/a) Burn (Michael Bennett Book 7) James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $    9.99 New
7 (2) Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -5
8 (11) The Best of Me Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    4.79 +3
9 (6) The Maze Runner James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.72 -3
10 (7) Captivated By You (Crossfire Book 4) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -3
11 (4) Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy Book 3) Ken Follett Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -7
12 (8) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -4
13 (n/a) The Complete Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $   12.79 New
14 (13) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
15 (22) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +7
16 (12) Private Down Under James Patterson; Michael White Hachette  $    6.49 -4
17 (14) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.40 -3
18 (9) Mean Streak Sandra Brown Hachette  $   12.99 -9
19 (18) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
20 (n/a) Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions Lysa TerKeurst HarperCollins  $    0.99 New
21 (n/a) A Good Marriage Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $    4.74 New
22 (16) The Scorch Trials (Maze Runner Book 2) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.64 -6
23 (10) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -13
24 (15) This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel Jonathan Tropper Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -9
25 (17) Festive in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -8

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