Penguin Random House Still Sweeping Ebook Best-Seller List

PRH_wordmark_brandsystem_MCKLEven as we’ve looked for signs of renewed agency ebook pricing impacting best-selling ebooks (and found few), and remarked on the continued power of media tie-ins to shape the rankings, the real story is a rather old one: the ongoing dominance of the world’s largest trade publisher, Penguin Random House.

During the last holiday season, Penguin Random House titles accounted for just over half the Ebook Best-Seller List, or thirteen titles.

This week there are sixteen of them, including The Girl on the Train, now in its fifth week at No. 1. In fact, six of the Penguin Random House titles on this week’s list haven’t budged from their spots on last week’s.

The average price of a best-seller ticks up a few cents again, to $7.48 from $7.21.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 2/28/15
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price** Change
1 (1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House  $    8.99
2 (2) Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Book 3) E L James Penguin Random House  $    4.99
3 (3) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    4.00
4 (6) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins  $    4.00 +2
5 (5) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    3.99
6 (8) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan  $   12.99 +2
7 (7) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster  $   11.99
8 (13) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House  $    4.40 +5
9 (22) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster  $    6.99 +13
10 (10) A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Anne Tyler Penguin Random House  $   10.99
11 (12) Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel Jonathan Kellerman Penguin Random House  $    9.99 +1
12 (11) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House  $    4.99 -1
13 (15) Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Book 2) E L James Penguin Random House  $    4.99 +2
14 (23) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    6.50 +9
15 (16) Private Vegas James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette  $    9.99 +1
16 (14) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    2.99 -2
17 (9) Obsession in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House  $   10.49 -8
18 (25) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +7
19 (19) 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
20 (18) Crash & Burn Lisa Gardner Penguin Random House  $   11.99 -2
21 (n/a) Falling for My Best Friend’s Brother J. S. Cooper Self-published  $    3.99 New
22 (24) The Escape (John Puller Series Book 3) David Baldacci Hachette  $    9.99 +2
23 (n/a) One Wish (Thunder Point Series) Robyn Carr HarperCollins  $    5.69 New
24 (n/a) Prodigal Son: A Novel Danielle Steel Penguin Random House  $   11.99 New
25 (n/a) Gray Mountain: A Novel John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    9.99 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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