Self-Published Ebook Jumps to No. 1 on Best-Seller List, Dethrones Divergent

fixed trilogyDivergent is this year’s runaway top best-selling ebook in the U.S. — but it’s not the best-selling ebook this week. (In the UK, at the London Book Fair, the buzz around HarperCollins is about why Divergent is selling comparatively well abroad.)

The juggernaut has been stopped and sits at No. 2 on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, making way for Fixed Trilogy Bundle, a collection of titles by self-published author Laurelin Paige.

(As a reader pointed out last week, it should likely have been on the list then, too, but due to a [now fixed] glitch in our system, it was missed. Read a full explanation here.)

The title is being sold at $0.99, a fifth the price of Divergent, and roughly a seventh of the average price of a top-25 best-selling ebook this week, which jumped to $7.08 from $6.42 last week.

Another surprise on the list this week is the ascendance of a nonfiction title into the top-five: Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, the latest expose on Wall Street’s misbehavior from star financial journalist Michael Lewis is ranked No. 4. The title is W.W. Norton’s first on the list this year and was selling for as little as $9.18 last week.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 4/5/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (n/a) Fixed Trilogy Bundle Laurelin Paige Self-published  $    0.99 New
2 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 -1
3 (2) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
4 (n/a) Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Michael Lewis W.W. Norton  $    9.18 New
5 (4) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
6 (n/a) I Am Livia Phyllis T. Smith Amazon  $    4.99 New
7 (7) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    7.99
8 (3) Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -5
9 (n/a) The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood J.R. Ward Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
10 (5) The Divergent Series Complete Collection Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $   14.99 -5
11 (12) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +1
12 (8) Missing You Harlan Coben Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -4
13 (n/a) I’ve Got You Under My Skin: A Novel Mary Higgins Clark Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 New
14 (6) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) (The Maze Runner Series) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    1.99 -8
15 (13) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50 -2
16 (15) NYPD Red 2 James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette  $    8.99 -1
17 (n/a) Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back Todd Burpo; Sonja Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo HarperCollins  $    7.99 New
18 (11) Little Girl Lost (Lucy Black) Brian McGilloway HarperCollins  $    0.99 -7
19 (14) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49 -5
20 (16) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -4
21 (10) Hidden Catherine McKenzie Amazon  $    4.99 -11
22 (18) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    6.96 -4
23 (20) Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    2.99 -3
24 (n/a) Plaster City (A Jimmy Veeder Fiasco) Johnny Shaw Amazon  $    4.99 New
25 (9) The Invention of Wings Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -16

* 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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