Two Hachette Titles Jump Into Top Five of Ebook Best-Seller List Despite Amazon Dispute

invisible james pattersonDespite a business conflict that has Amazon doing less to move large amounts of Hachette product than for books by other publishers, two titles from Hachette jumped into the top five of the ebook best-seller list this week.

James Patterson’s Invisible and J.K. Rowling’s The Silkworm (under her pen name Robert Galbraith) are ranked Nos. 4 and 5 this week and are both on the list for the first time. Both are titles that came out in late June and did not enjoy pre-order buying capabilities on Amazon, an important factor in determining best-sellers. (Though Invisible had a free preview of the first eight chapters available on Amazon since late April.)

Last week, The Silkworm failed to hit the best-seller list on its debut week, likely due to an inability to pre-order the title on Amazon.

Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook decreased this week to $6.99, down slightly from last week’s average of $7.37.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 6/28/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99
2 (2) Top Secret Twenty-one: A Stephanie Plum Novel Janet Evanovich Penguin Random House  $   11.84
3 (3) The Goldfinch: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Donna Tartt Hachette  $    6.99
4 (n/a) Invisible James Patterson; David Ellis Hachette  $    8.99 New
5 (n/a) The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2) Robert Galbraith Hachette  $    8.99 New
6 (5) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -1
7 (4) Mr. Mercedes: A Novel Stephen King Simon & Schuster  $   11.99 -3
8 (9) All Fall Down: A Novel Jennifer Weiner Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 +1
9 (14) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +5
10 (10) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.52
11 (8) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -3
12 (11) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 -1
13 (7) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99 -6
14 (13) If I Stay Gayle Forman Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
15 (17) Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison Piper Kerman Penguin Random House  $    5.99 +2
16 (20) Looking for Alaska John Green Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +4
17 (15) Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club) James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $    7.99 -2
18 (n/a) Breathe With Me Kristen Proby Self-published  $    3.99 New
19 (n/a) It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy Laurie Notaro Penguin Random House  $    0.99 New
20 (6) Written in My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -14
21 (23) The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) (The Maze Runner Series) James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    5.69 +2
22 (21) The Target (Will Robie) David Baldacci Hachette  $    7.99 -1
23 (n/a) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   10.99 New
24 (n/a) The Neighbor (Short Story) (Kindle Single) Dean Koontz Penguin Random House  $    0.99 New
25 (n/a) Still Missing Chevy Stevens Macmillan  $    2.99 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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