Penguin Random House Has Three-Quarters of Ebook Best-Sellers This Week

festive in deathIn its first full year of operation, Penguin Random House has shown that size does matter.

The $4 billion publishing house — by far the largest in the world — is churning out the ebook best-sellers at far faster clip than any other publisher. This week, PRH has 17 of the 25 books on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list. That’s more than three-quarters of all best-sellers.

There’s no secret to the company’s success: big-name authors (Lee Child, John Green Paulo Coelho, Sylvia Day and many more); movie tie-ins (Gone Girl, The Fault in Our Stars); and popular re-issues (The Alchemist, Outlander), just to name a few of the successful tactics.

And PRH has also been successful in getting new releases on the list: Festive in Death by J.D. Robb debuts at No. 3 this week.

Meanwhile the average price of a best-selling ebook held steady this week after a big jump last week: It’s now $7.50.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 9/13/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   10.99
2 (6) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    7.99 +4
3 (n/a) Festive in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
4 (2) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -2
5 (3) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -2
6 (4) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -2
7 (5) Mean Streak Sandra Brown Hachette  $   12.99 -2
8 (8) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.99
9 (7) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -2
10 (n/a) The Alchemist – 10th Anniversary Edition Paulo Coelho HarperCollins  $    2.75 New
11 (n/a) Captivated By You (A Crossfire Novel) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House  $    7.99 New
12 (13) Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy Ken Follett Penguin Random House  $   11.99 +1
13 (10) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    6.99 -3
14 (11) Black Lies Alessandra Torre Self-published  $    3.99 -3
15 (9) Where She Went (If I Stay Book 2) Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -6
16 (20) Private Down Under Michael White Hachette  $    6.49 +4
17 (14) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series #2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -3
18 (12) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -6
19 (13) This Is Where I Leave You: A Novel Jonathan Tropper Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -6
20 (16) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -4
21 (n/a) The Eye of Heaven (A Fargo Adventure) Russell Blake Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
22 (n/a) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    2.50 New
23 (15) Insurgent (Divergent Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -8
24 (18) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -6
25 (17) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    9.99 -8

* 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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