Penguin Random House Dominates Ebook Best-Seller List, John Green Leads the Way

written in my own hearts bloodIt’s weeks like this last one where the publishing industry can really see the size and depth of Penguin Random House, the largest publisher in the world, brought together last year by the merger of what had previously been the two largest publishers in the world.

This week on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, PRH had 14 of the 25 titles, or 56% of all best-sellers last week.

Leading the way is John Green’s hit The Fault in Our Stars, which is benefiting from strong performance by the film of the same name. Sitting at No. 2 on the best-seller list is Diana Gabaldon’s Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, the latest novel in her popular Outlander series.

PRH holds three of the top five spots and five of the top ten spots on the list. There are no publishers on the list this week that aren’t “big five.”


Average Ebook Price Falls

The average price of a best-selling ebook fell this week to $7.51 from $8.17 last week. The $19.99 edition of all five Game of Thrones ebooks fell off the list, accounting for much of the drop.


Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 6/14/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99
2 (19) Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $   11.99 +17
3 (2) Mr. Mercedes: A Novel Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $   11.99 -1
4 (3) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.99 -1
5 (7) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +2
6 (n/a) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    5.43 New
7 (5) Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $    8.99 -2
8 (6) I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Penguin Random House  $    3.98 -2
9 (9) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99
10 (11) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 +1
11 (10) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
12 (14) Looking for Alaska John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +2
13 (13) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.53
14 (4) City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments) Cassandra Clare Simon & Schuster  $   10.67 -10
15 (15) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99
16 (12) The Target (Will Robie) David Baldacci Hachette  $    8.99 -4
17 (n/a) Hard Choices Hillary Rodham Clinton Simon & Schuster  $   14.99 New
18 (8) Field of Prey John Sandford Penguin Random House  $    8.99 -10
19 (n/a) Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison Piper Kerman Penguin Random House  $    5.99 New
20 (20) Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Penguin Random House  $   11.84
21 (n/a) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) (The Maze Runner Series) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.69 New
22 (n/a) The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single) Dean Koontz Penguin Random House  $    0.99 New
23 (16) The One and Only Emily Giffin Penguin Random House  $   11.84 -7
24 (n/a) Second Watch: A J. P. Beaumont Novel J. A. Jance HarperCollins  $    1.99 New
25 (n/a) A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One George R.R. Martin Penguin Random House  $    4.99 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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