The launch of Kindle Unlimited last week put renewed focus on the Amazon Kindle best-seller list and, therefore, on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list.
According to Publishers Lunch:
But now it seems quite clear observationally that KU “reads” or “checkouts” are counted by Amazon towards the “paid” bestseller list, as if they were real sales — at least on the site’s “hourly” bestseller list. We won’t know how this affects their weekly lists for a little, but anyone compiling bestseller lists based on Amazon data (e.g. USA Today and DBW.com) should consider this very carefully.
We have been. In the wake of revelations that the Kindle First program free and cheap reads were being counted toward the Amazon Kindle best-seller list, we worked with Amazon in finding a way to continue to count the direct sales of these titles toward the list. We were unable to find a way and so removed them from the list.
We have contacted Amazon about Kindle Unlimited and will attempt to work with the retailer to continue to deliver to you the most accurate picture of what ebook buyers across retailers are buying when it come to ebooks and how much they’re paying for them.
This week, only one title that is also included in Kindle Unlimited made the best-seller list: Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy 1) by Blake Crouch from Amazon Publishing. It is ranked No. 22 and was not in the list last week.
UPDATE: There are two other titles on our list from Kindle Unlimited — Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street by John Brooks (No. 17, Open Road Media) and Rhett by J.S. Cooper (No. 20, self-published). We regret the error of missing these two titles.
The Fault in Our Stars
The John Green hit The Fault in Our Stars is still No. 1 on this week’s ebook best-seller list, despite strong debut showings from The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (No. 2, Penguin Random House) and The Heist by Daniel Silva (No. 3, HarperCollins). It’s the eleventh straight week the book has been No. 1 on the list.
The average price of a top-25 best-selling ebook remained steady at $7.57 this week, up just $0.05 from last week.
|1 (1)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||—|
|2 (n/a)||The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)||Deborah Harkness||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||New|
|3 (n/a)||The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14)||Daniel Silva||HarperCollins||$ 13.99||New|
|4 (4)||Invisible||James Patterson; David Ellis||Hachette||$ 8.99||—|
|5 (2)||Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption||Laura Hillenbrand||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||-3|
|6 (6)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 8.52||—|
|7 (5)||The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 6.99||-2|
|8 (3)||Act of War: A Thriller||Brad Thor||Simon & Schuster||$ 12.99||-5|
|9 (7)||Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||-2|
|10 (9)||Chill Factor: A Novel||Sandra Brown||Simon & Schuster||$ 1.99||-1|
|11 (10)||Orphan Train: A Novel||Christina Baker Kline||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|12 (12)||Insurgent (Divergent Book 2)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||—|
|13 (11)||Power Play (An FBI Thriller Book 18)||Catherine Coulter||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||-2|
|14 (13)||Allegiant (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|15 (8)||The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2)||Robert Galbraith||Hachette||$ 8.99||-7|
|16 (15)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 9.99||-1|
|17 (n/a)||Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street||John Brooks||Open Road Media||$ 9.99||New|
|18 (n/a)||Plain Truth: A Novel||Jodi Picoult||Simon & Schuster||$ 1.99||New|
|19 (14)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 4.99||-5|
|20 (22)||Rhett||J. S. Cooper||Self-published||$ 3.99||+2|
|21 (18)||If I Stay||Gayle Forman||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||-3|
|22 (n/a)||Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy 1)||Blake Crouch||Amazon||$ 1.99||New|
|23 (n/a)||Me Before You: A Novel||Jojo Moyes||Penguin Random House||$ 6.99||New|
|24 (17)||All Fall Down: A Novel||Jennifer Weiner||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.99||-7|
|25 (20)||Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison||Piper Kerman||Penguin Random House||$ 5.99||-5|
* 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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