Harper Lee and E L James Command Ebook Best-Seller List

Harper Lee Go Set a Watchman Fifty Shades of Grey E L James Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List best-sellersAs we speculated might happen, both of the titles in the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy that debuted last week on the Ebook Best-Seller List last week have made mighty leaps up the rankings ahead of the film adaptation’s release this Valentine’s Day.

Fifty Shades of Grey is now the No. 4 title and Fifty Shades Freed No. 9, while Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train holds the top spot for a second week running.

But the one-two punch E L James pulls off is mirrored by two other authors: Harper Lee, whose celebrated To Kill a Mockingbird and that title’s recently rediscovered forebear Go Set a Watchman both land within the top 25, and Gillian Flynn, with Gone Girl and Dark Places.

Controversy has surrounded the latter book since its impending publication later this year was announced last week. It’s hard to judge just how far that kerfuffle has stoked additional excitement for Go Set a Watchman, but it’s clear the anticipation is driving interest in Lee’s work among ebook readers.

The average price of a best-seller continues its upward climb into a third week, reaching $6.89 from $6.67.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 2/7/15
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House  $    8.99
2 (2) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins  $    5.86
3 (3) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    4.99
4 (18) Fifty Shades of Grey E L James Penguin Random House  $    2.99 +14
5 (n/a) To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee HarperCollins  $    3.99 New
6 (4) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    3.99 -2
7 (5) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -2
8 (6) Private Vegas James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $    9.99 -2
9 (21) Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Book 3) E L James Penguin Random House  $    7.99 +12
10 (7) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   11.99 -3
11 (8) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    2.99 -3
12 (9) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House  $    6.15 -3
13 (n/a) Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Harper Lee HarperCollins  $   12.99 New
14 (n/a) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan  $   14.99 New
15 (10) The Escape (John Puller Series Book 3) David Baldacci Hachette  $    9.99 -5
16 (14) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    9.99 -2
17 (12) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster  $    6.99 -5
18 (25) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    6.50 +7
19 (13) The Maze Runner James Dashner Penguin Random House  $    1.99 -6
20 (n/a) Fuse Deborah Bladon Self-published  $    0.99 New
21 (17) Hope to Die (Alex Cross Series Book 22) James Patterson Hachette  $    5.99 -4
22 (16) The Burning Room (Harry Bosch Series Book 19) Michael Connelly Hachette  $    3.99 -6
23 (11) One Night Stand J. S. Cooper; Helen Cooper Self-published  $    3.99 -12
24 (n/a) Crash & Burn Lisa Gardner Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
25 (23) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 -2

* 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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