Few Surprises on the Best-Seller List as Agency Ebook Pricing Takes Hold

Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller ListTwo of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency ebook pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list.

Macmillan finds itself without any ebooks within the top-25 for a third week in a row, and Simon & Schuster expands its footprint from one title last week to two

Some of the top sellers of 2014, like the Divergent series and The Fault in Our Stars, hold strong after making return appearances during the holiday shopping season. In the meantime, a new Penguin Random House novel by Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train, shoots up an impressive sixteen places to snag the No. 2 spot on this week’s list.

The average price of a best-selling ebook dips slightly to $5.24, after spiking to $5.52 last week.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 1/17/15
Rank* Title Author Publisher Price** Change
1 (2) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $4.99 +1
2 (18) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House $10.99 +16
3 (1) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House $4.99 -2
4 (4) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins $5.99
5 (3) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $3.99 -2
6 (5) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House $6.15 -1
7 (6) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster $10.99 -1
8 (10) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $2.99 +2
9 (7) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins $2.99 -2
10 (8) The Maze Runner James Dashner Penguin Random House $1.99 -2
11 (9) Insurgent (Divergent Series Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $6.99 -2
12 (12) The Escape (John Puller Series Book 3) David Baldacci Hachette $10.99
13 (13) Allegiant (Divergent Series Book 3) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99
14 (15) The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series Book 19) Michael Connelly Hachette $3.99 +1
15 (n/a) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster $6.99 New
16 (14) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House $2.00 -2
17 (n/a) Reasonable Doubt: Full Series (Episodes 1, 2 and 3) Whitney Gracia Williams Self-published $0.99 New
18 (n/a) One Night Stand J. S. Cooper; Helen Cooper Self-published $3.99 New
19 (21) Hope to Die (Alex Cross Series Book 22) James Patterson Hachette $8.09 +2
20 (25) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins $6.99 +5
21 (11) The Pact Karina Halle Self-published $2.99 -10
22 (20) Outlander: A Novel (Outlander, Book 1) Diana Gabaldon Penguin Random House $1.99 -2
23 (22) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $9.99 -1
24 (17) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House $2.99 -7
25 (n/a) The Last Original Wife: A Novel Dorothea Benton Frank 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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