As the Amazon-Hachette contract negotiations drag on — negotiations that both sides believe will be drawn out — Hachette ebooks continue to make an appearance on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, but for how long?
First off, Hachette titles on the list today may be slipping oh-so-slightly. All three on the list this week lost ground, with James Patterson’s Unlucky 13 and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch each dropping a spot to Nos. 3 and 5, respectively, and David Baldacci’s The Target falling four spots to No. 11.
A much bigger threat to Hachette’s visibility on the best-seller list is Amazon’s removal of the ability for Amazon customers to pre-order upcoming Hachette titles. Many books debut high on the best-seller list due to pre-orders. On the first day the book is available for sale, all the pre-orders are counted among that week’s sales, even though they may have accrued over months. Usually, that boost is enough to propel books up the list.
To be sure, readers can still pre-order these titles from other retailers, but Amazon represents such a large chunk of the book market in the U.S., particularly the ebook market, that this will undoubtedly affect best-seller rankings markedly.
The exact affect should become measurable later in June when J.K. Rowling’s latest title comes out, The Silkworm. Those who want to pre-order it today need to do their shopping somewhere aside from Amazon.
The average price of a top-25 best-selling ebook is now $7.29, up from $6.22 last week. Over the past several months, ebook prices have fluctuated widely. We’ll be taking a close look at this in the coming week.
|1 (1)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||—|
|2 (n/a)||City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments)||Cassandra Clare||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.67||New|
|3 (2)||Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club)||James Patterson; Maxine Paetro||Hachette||$ 8.99||-1|
|4 (5)||Moving Day: A Thriller||Jonathan Stone||Amazon||$ 4.99||+1|
|5 (4)||The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 7.50||-1|
|6 (3)||Field of Prey||John Sandford||Penguin Random House||$ 8.99||-3|
|7 (n/a)||Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files||Jim Butcher||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||New|
|8 (9)||Allegiant (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+1|
|9 (10)||Insurgent (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||+1|
|10 (n/a)||I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings||Maya Angelou||Penguin Random House||$ 4.01||New|
|11 (7)||The Target (Will Robie)||David Baldacci||Hachette||$ 8.99||-4|
|12 (12)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 5.99||—|
|13 (8)||The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic (P.S.)||Hazel Gaynor||HarperCollins||$ 1.99||-5|
|14 (11)||Divergent (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 4.99||-3|
|15 (6)||The One and Only||Emily Giffin||Penguin Random House||$ 11.84||-9|
|16 (13)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 8.54||-3|
|17 (14)||Orphan Train: A Novel||Christina Baker Kline||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-3|
|18 (20)||Abducted (The Lizzy Gardner Series #1)||T.R. Ragan||Amazon||$ 0.99||+2|
|19 (17)||Dragon’s Triangle||Christine Kling||Amazon||$ 4.99||-2|
|20 (16)||The Collector||Nora Roberts||Penguin Random House||$ 8.99||-4|
|21 (22)||Looking for Alaska||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||+1|
|22 (18)||Natchez Burning (Penn Cage)||Greg Iles||HarperCollins||$ 12.99||-3|
|23 (n/a)||All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel||Anthony Doerr||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.99||New|
|24 (19)||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||-5|
|25 (24)||From the Moment We Met (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel)||Marina Adair||Amazon||$ 4.99||-1|
* 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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