Best-Selling Ebook Prices Rise Before HarperCollins Restores Agency

Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List agency pricing HarperCollinsThis week’s Ebook Best-Seller List captures the week ending April 11th, so it doesn’t reflect the return to agency pricing HarperCollins put into effect starting this Tuesday, the 14th.

So the modest rise in the average price of a best-seller, from $6.66 last week to $6.98, isn’t a function of that switch.

But since all six HarperCollins titles on this week’s rankings are currently selling on Amazon at prices noticeably higher than those listed below (five of them already with the telltale label, “This price was set by the publisher”), it seems a fair bet that the overall uptick will continue.

Only two other titles within the week’s top 25, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, are similarly priced by their publishers, Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, respectively.

Paula Hawkins’s best-selling The Girl on the Train heads into its eleventh week at No.1

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 4/11/15
Rank Title Author Publisher Price Change
1 (1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House $6.99 — 
2 (3) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette $5.39 +1
3 (2) The Stranger Harlan Coben Penguin Random House $10.99 -1
4 (11) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House $1.99 +7
5 (5) NYPD Red 3 James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette $9.99 — 
6 (9) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan $12.99 +3
7 (6) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster $12.99 -1
8 (7) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson Penguin Random House $10.99 -1
9 (14) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $6.50 +5
10 (8) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $3.58 -2
11 (n/a) The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House Kate Andersen Brower HarperCollins $14.44 New
12 (10) Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy Book 3) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 -2
13 (16) The Silent Girls Eric Rickstad HarperCollins $0.99 +3
14 (12) Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 -2
15 (23) Memory Man David Baldacci Hachette $9.99 +8
16 (18) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House $4.62 +2
17 (17) A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Anne Tyler Penguin Random House $10.99  —
18 (n/a) Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape Jenna Miscavige Hill; Lisa Pulitzer HarperCollins $1.99 New
19 (19) Silent Scream (Detective Kim Stone Series Book 1) Angela Marsons Self-published $0.99  —
20 (13) Divergent (Divergent Trilogy Book 1) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $2.99 -7
21 (22) The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics Daniel James Brown Penguin Random House $2.99 +1
22 (n/a) The Liar Nora Roberts Penguin Random House $12.31 New
23 (4) The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood J.R. Ward Penguin Random House $11.95 -19
24 (n/a) Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Series Book 2) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House $4.99 New
25 (n/a) All I Ever Need Is You (The Sullivans Series Book 14) Bella Andre Self-published $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.

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