Higher-Priced Ebooks Climb the Best-Seller List

81ZqOFyzSjLOn last week’s list, seven titles with price tags higher than $10 contributed to pushing the average price of a best-selling ebook up to $7.74. That figure now jumps to $8.39, as more than a third of this week’s top-25 titles cost more than $10.

Three of the nine titles in that category are making first appearances on the best-seller list, among them Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, debuting at $10.99. It remains to be seen what kind of staying power these titles might have, but in recent weeks pricier ebooks have performed noticeably well.

On the other hand, Penelope Ward’s self-published Stepbrother Dearest, which debuted last week at No. 2, remains squarely within the top five and costs readers just $3.99.

Amazon has made cheaper ebooks a centerpiece of its battle with Hachette, and even though the dispute is at least as much about profit margins as it is about pricing, those trends are something ebook publishers and retailers are keeping a close eye on.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 10/11/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    6.38
2 (n/a) The Heroes of Olympus (The Blood of Olympus Book 5) Rick Riordan Hachette  $    8.99 New
3 (8) The Best of Me Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    5.99 +5
4 (2) Stepbrother Dearest Penelope Ward Self-published  $    3.99 -2
5 (n/a) Deadline (Virgil Flowers Book 8) John Sandford Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
6 (6) Burn (Michael Bennett Book 7) Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $    9.99
7 (3) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -4
8 (5) Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General Martin Dugard Macmillan  $    9.99 -3
9 (9) The Maze Runner James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.80
10 (4) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -6
11 (15) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +4
12 (7) Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -5
13 (11) Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy Book 3) Ken Follett Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -2
14 (10) Captivated by You (Crossfire Book 4) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -4
15 (13) The Complete Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp Objects Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $   12.79 -2
16 (n/a) Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” Lena Dunham Penguin Random House  $   10.99 New
17 (14) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -3
18 (17) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.40 -1
19 (12) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -7
20 (n/a) Leaving Time: A Novel Jodi Picoult Penguin Random House  $   11.84 New
21 (21) A Good Marriage Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $    4.74
22 (19) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -3
23 (n/a) Voyager (Outlander Book 3) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 New
24 (23) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
25 (18) Mean Streak Sandra Brown Hachette  $   12.99 -7

* 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.

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One thought on “Higher-Priced Ebooks Climb the Best-Seller List

  1. Michael Kelberer

    I think the list merely shows that already famous authors can sell books at higher prices, they are too few to be called a trend. A really interesting list for the rest of use would be one without these outliers.



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