HarperCollins and Hachette Push Penguin Random House Down Best-Seller List

when i found youWhen it comes to ebook best-sellers, no publisher has been more dominant and more consistent then Penguin Random House.

That’s why it was a surprise this week to see only HarperCollins and Hachette ebook titles in the top-five of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. The former’s success is due to the latest ultra-popular young adult hit, the Divergent series; the latter’s is from one of the year’s most-celebrated books (The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt) and a movie-driven title (Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell).

But it’s not just HarperCollins and Hachette crowding out Penguin Random House. Amazon Publishing has the No. 6 spot this week, with When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Simon & Schuster sits at No. 7 with The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Not until the No. 8 spot do we see a PRH title, John Grisham’s Sycamore Row. The big publisher also takes the next four spots on the list and eight of the top-25.

Perhaps a merger between two more large publishers could mean a consistent challenge for PRH on the best-seller list.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook is close to all-time lows this week at $5.36, down from $6.00 last week. The lowest recorded until this point was $5.27 in early December.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 1/25/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (2) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins        $4.66 +1
2 (1) Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 Marcus Luttrell Hachette        $3.99 -1
3 (3) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins        $6.99
4 (6) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette        $7.50 +2
5 (5) Allegiant Veronica Roth HarperCollins        $6.99
6 (25) When I Found You Catherine Ryan Hyde Amazon        $1.99 +19
7 (12) The Rosie Project: A Novel Graeme Simsion Simon & Schuster        $1.99 +5
8 (7) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House        $6.49 -1
9 (9) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House        $5.99
10 (10) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House        $4.99
11 (11) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House        $7.19
12 (8) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House        $8.99 -4
13 (n/a) Flowers In The Attic (Dollanganger) V.C. Andrews Simon & Schuster        $5.55 New
14 (n/a) The Barkeep William Lashner Amazon        $4.99 New
15 (23) War Brides Helen Bryan Amazon        $1.99 +8
16 (n/a) Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War Robert M. Gates Penguin Random House      $11.99 New
17 (24) Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup HarperCollins        $0.99 +7
18 (13) The Invention of Wings: A Novel Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House      $10.91 -5
19 (n/a) Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder (A Hannah Swensen Mystery) Joanne Fluke Kensington Books        $0.99 New
20 (15) Fear Nothing: A Detective D.D. Warren Novel (Detective D. D. Warren) Lisa Gardner Penguin Random House      $10.91 -6
21 (n/a) First Love James Patterson; Emily Raymond Hachette        $8.89 New
22 (n/a) The Golem and the Jinni (P.S.) Helene Wecker HarperCollins        $1.99 New
23 (n/a) I, Sniper: A Bob Lee Swagger Novel Stephen Hunter Simon & Schuster        $1.99 New
24 (n/a) The Ex Games J. S. Cooper; Helen Cooper Self-published        $0.99 New
25 (n/a) Labor Day: A Novel Joyce Maynard HarperCollins        $4.00 New


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