Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List

97334 (1)Self-published authors keep up their recent strong showing on this week’s ebook best-seller list, with three of them moving into the top ten.

All three titles in Deborah Bladon’s Ruin trilogy appear on this week’s list, a fifth of which consists of self-published titles. The other two include The Arrangement 17 by H.M. Ward, which makes its debut this week, and Penelope Ward’s Stepbrother Dearest.

The last time the number of self-published ebooks ticked upward on the best-seller list, it was accompanied by a drop in the average retail price of a best-selling ebook. Not so this week; that figure rises modestly to $7.63 from $7.36.

In the meantime, John Grisham’s Gray Mountain stays put at No. 1 for a second week in a row, with Gone Girl at its heels.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 11/8/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House  $   10.99
2 (2) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    7.99
3 (n/a) The Burning Room (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 19) Michael Connelly Hachette  $    9.99 New
4 (3) Blood Magick (The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy Book 3) Nora Roberts Penguin Random House  $    6.99 -1
5 (21) Ruin: Part 3 Deborah Bladon Self-published  $    0.99 +16
6 (4) Leaving Time: A Novel Jodi Picoult Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -2
7 (12) Ruin: Part 1 Deborah Bladon Self-published  $    0.99 +5
8 (8) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $    6.99
9 (16) Yes Please Amy Poehler HarperCollins  $   12.99 +7
10 (n/a) The Arrangement 17 (The Ferro Family Series) H.M. Ward Self-published  $    2.99 New
11 (5) Deadline (A Virgil Flowers Novel, Book 8) John Sandford Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -6
12 (6) Burn (Michael Bennett Book 7) James Patterson; Michael Ledwidge Hachette  $    9.99 -6
13 (9) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    7.98 -4
14 (18) Ruin: Part 2 Deborah Bladon Self-published  $    0.99 +4
15 (7) Stepbrother Dearest Penelope Ward Self-published  $    3.99 -8
16 (10) Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard Macmillan  $   11.04 -6
17 (20) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +3
18 (n/a) Havana Storm (Dirk Pitt Adventure) Clive Cussler; Dirk Cussler Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
19 (14) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    7.99 -5
20 (22) Captivated by You (Crossfire Book 4) Sylvia Day Penguin Random House  $    7.99 +2
21 (19) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -2
22 (11) The Best of Me Nicholas Sparks Hachette  $    4.99 -11
23 (17) Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -6
24 (15) The Blood of Olympus (The Heros of Olympus Book 5) Rick Riordan Hachette  $    9.99 -9
25 (n/a) Yours for Christmas (Fool’s Gold Series) Susan Mallery HarperCollins  $    1.99 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.

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One thought on “Self-Published Ebooks Keep Ahead on Best-Seller List

  1. Richard Dean Starr

    It’s exciting to continue to see indie authors rising on the best-seller lists. I’m sure there are stats out there somewhere, but I can’t help wondering if a talented indie author selling their books at $0.99 isn’t doing themselves a slight financial disservice at that price point. Does a book at that price really ultimately net more for the author than the more widely-accepted $2.99-3.99 price point?

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