Lee Child Unseats ‘If I Stay’ as Higher-Priced Ebooks Rise on Best-Seller List

513JFKFmN7L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Lee Child’s new Jack Reacher thriller Personal nudges Gayle Forman’s If I Stay out of the No. 1 spot that the young-adult title has held for the past five weeks on the ebook best-seller list.

That’s only a coup in a limited sense, though, as both books are published by Penguin Random House, which has roundly bested its competitors when it comes to best-selling ebooks, both this summer and over the course of 2014 so far.

What’s arguably more remarkable is that the Lee Child title climbed six places to the top spot despite its high price point, $11.84, relative to If I Stay, which costs readers only $4.99–the price at which four of the top five best-selling ebooks were retailing last week.

Other higher-priced titles are also faring well. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty remains within the top five at $10.99, while Sandra Brown’s Mean Streak leaped five places into the No. 5 rank at $12.99.

Whether their strong performance this week will develop into a wider trend remains to be seen, but that’s something worth watching at a time when Amazon is arguing vigorously for lower ebook prices as its dispute with Hachette drags on.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook likewise climbs this week to $7.44, up from from $6.71.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 9/9/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (7) Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   11.84 +6
2 (1) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
3 (2) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -1
4 (3) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
5 (10) Mean Streak Sandra Brown Hachette  $   12.99 +5
6 (6) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    7.99
7 (5) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -2
8 (9) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +1
9 (4) Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -5
10 (8) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    6.99 -2
11 (n/a) Black Lies Alessandra Torre Self-published  $    2.99 New
12 (14) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +2
13 (n/a) Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy Ken Follett Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
14 (17) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +3
15 (13) Insurgent (Divergent Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2
16 (18) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +2
17 (16) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    9.99 -1
18 (21) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    7.99 +3
19 (11) Not a Drill: A Jack Reacher Short Story (Kindle Single) Lee Child Penguin Random House  $    1.99 -8
20 (20) Private Down Under Michael White Hachette  $    6.49
21 (25) Night Moves Nora Roberts HarperCollins  $    4.99 +4
22 (15) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 -7
23 (n/a) The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad Book 5) Tana French Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
24 (22) Invisible James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette  $    8.99 -2
25 (n/a) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 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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