‘If I Stay’ Leads Ebook Best-Seller List Ahead of Film Release

outlander_starzWith the film based on Gayle Forman’s If I Stay hitting theaters this Friday, the novel sits at the top of the Ebook Best-Seller List for a third straight week. It elbowed aside the previous incumbent to the No. 1 spot, John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, which stayed there for a twelve-week stretch around the time a hotly anticipated movie adaptation was released earlier this summer.

The relationship between best-selling ebooks and media tie-ins, especially feature films, isn’t difficult to understand. Ten of the top-25 titles this week are tied to film or TV projects at various stages of completion–in production, nearing release or recently launched.

It’s now beginning to appear that TV could pack as much punch when it comes to boosting ebook sales as film does. A series based on Diana Gabaldon’s eight-part Outlander novels debuted on the Starz network last week, helping the ebook cling to the No. 2 position for a second week running.

The average price of a best-selling ebook dipped slightly to $7.77, down from $7.99 last week despite a steady overall climb over the past eight months.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 8/16/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99
2 (2) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99
3 (4) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    10.99 +1
4 (3) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $   4.99 -1
5 (5) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    6.99
6 (8) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 +2
7 (7) Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story (Kindle Single) Lee Child Penguin Random House  $    1.99
8 (6) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.52 -2
9 (10) Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +1
10 (9) Insurgent (Divergent Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
11 (15) Allegiant (Divergent Book 3) Veronica Roth Harper Collins  $    6.99 +4
12 (12) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99
13 (14) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    9.99 -1
14 (17) Ugly Love: A Novel Colleen Hoover Simon & Schuster  $    7.59 +3
15 (13) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    9.12 -2
16 (n/a) Vain: Part Two (Vain Book 2) Deborah Bladon Self-published  $    0.99 New
17 (16) Invisible James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette  $    8.99 -1
18 (n/a) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $   4.99 New
19 (18) The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14) Daniel Silva HarperCollins  $   13.99 -1
20 (11) Fifty Shades Freed: Fifty Shades Trilogy Book 3 E L James Penguin Random House  $   7.99 -9
21 (20) The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy) Deborah Harkness Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -1
22 (21) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 -1
23 (n/a) Act of War: A Thriller Brad Thor Simon & Schuster  $    12.74 -4
24 (25) Night Moves Nora Roberts HarperCollins  $   5.38 +1
25 (n/a) The Divergent Series Complete Collection Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    14.99 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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