Kindle Unlimited’s effect on the best-seller list has indeed grown.
Kindle Unlimited titles have been removed from the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list due to an inability to sort out retail purchases from Kindle Unlimited “reads” when creating the list.
After discussing several possibilities with Amazon as to how to include titles that had robust sales but also had reads on the new ebook subscription platform counted toward Amazon Kindle sales ranking, no solution was found. The conversations were constructive and amicable but, ultimately, not successful.
The issue is that the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list draws data from other best-seller lists, including the Kindle best-seller list. The list is meant to be an index of what book buyers are purchasing most and how much they’re spending each time they do so. If “reads,” where the user isn’t paying to purchase a book each time, are counted toward best-seller rankings on the Kindle list and they are unable to be separated out from regular purchases, then it would be unfair to include those titles on the list.
Had those titles been included, they would have elevated several Amazon Publishing, self-published and back-list ebooks onto the best-seller list, including Mockingjay, The Giver, Rhett by J.S. Cooper, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and more.
The Fault in Our Stars is No. 1 on the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list for the twelfth week in a row. According to Pearson’s latest financial report, Green sold nearly 5.5 million copies of his books in the U.S. alone in the first half of the year.
Because of the kinds of books available in Kindle Unlimited that had to be removed from the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list, the average price of a best-selling ebook has shot up this week to $8.45, an increase of almost $1 from last week’s $7.57. All of the books on the DBW list are currently “big five” titles.
|1 (1)||The Fault in Our Stars||John Green||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||—|
|2 (7)||The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)||Donna Tartt||Hachette||$ 6.99||+5|
|3 (4)||Invisible||James Patterson; David Ellis||Hachette||$ 8.99||+1|
|4 (3)||The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon Book 14)||Daniel Silva||HarperCollins||$ 13.99||-1|
|5 (2)||The Book of Life: A Novel (All Souls Trilogy)||Deborah Harkness||Penguin Random House||$ 11.99||-3|
|6 (6)||Gone Girl: A Novel||Gillian Flynn||Penguin Random House||$ 8.52||—|
|7 (8)||Act of War: A Thriller||Brad Thor||Simon & Schuster||$ 12.99||+1|
|8 (5)||Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption||Laura Hillenbrand||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||-3|
|9 (10)||Chill Factor: A Novel||Sandra Brown||Simon & Schuster||$ 1.99||+1|
|10 (21)||If I Stay||Gayle Forman||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||+11|
|11 (11)||Orphan Train: A Novel||Christina Baker Kline||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||—|
|12 (9)||Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel||Janet Evanovich||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||-3|
|13 (12)||Insurgent (Divergent Book 2)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||-1|
|14 (14)||Allegiant (Divergent Series)||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 6.99||—|
|15 (19)||Divergent||Veronica Roth||HarperCollins||$ 4.99||+4|
|16 (16)||The Husband’s Secret||Liane Moriarty||Penguin Random House||$ 9.99||—|
|17 (18)||Plain Truth: A Novel||Jodi Picoult||Simon & Schuster||$ 1.99||+1|
|18 (13)||Power Play (An FBI Thriller Book 18)||Catherine Coulter||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||-5|
|19 (15)||The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2)||Robert Galbraith||Hachette||$ 8.99||-4|
|20 (n/a)||Outlander: A Novel||Diana Gabaldon||Penguin Random House||$ 4.99||New|
|21 (n/a)||One Plus One: A Novel||Jojo Moyes||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||New|
|22 (24)||All Fall Down: A Novel||Jennifer Weiner||Simon & Schuster||$ 10.99||+2|
|23 (n/a)||Mr. Mercedes: A Novel||Stephen King||Simon & Schuster||$ 11.99||New|
|24 (n/a)||Cut and Thrust (Stone Barrington)||Stuart Woods||Penguin Random House||$ 10.99||New|
|25 (n/a)||A Perfect Life: A Novel||Danielle Steel||Penguin Random House||$ 11.84||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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