Prices Swoon on Ebook Best-Seller List as New and Familiar Players Mingle

James Patterson Paula Hawkins Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller ListIt’s not always easy to tell what makes an ebook successful.

Film adaptations certainly help, as does the name-recognition of a popular author with a large fan base. Those are two probable reasons why the entirety of Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy is back on this week’s list, just as the Insurgent movie hits theaters, and James Patterson’s NYPD Red 3 debuts at No. 2.

But neither can quite account for the eight weeks and counting The Girl on the Train, by first-time author Paula Hawkins, has so far spent at No. 1. And the same goes for J. S. Cooper’s self-published Falling for My Best Friend’s Brother, which has held strong for several weeks further down the rankings.

Word of mouth remains one of the most powerful recommendation engines around, and it’s something ebook publishers and distributors are striving to facilitate as best they can among readers in the digital space.

In the meantime, prices continue to swing to and fro, with the average price of a best-seller dropping to $5.74 after climbing up to $6.99 last week.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 3/21/15
Rank* Title Author Publisher Price** Change
1 (1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House $6.49
2 (n/a) NYPD Red 3 James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette $9.99 New
3 (2) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson Penguin Random House $12.99 -1
4 (7) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette $5.39 +3
5 (3) Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Book 3) E L James Penguin Random House $4.99 -2
6 (4) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster $11.99 -2
7 (2) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $4.00 -5
8 (6) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan $12.99 -2
9 (n/a) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins $2.99 New
10 (16) Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 +6
11 (8) A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Anne Tyler Penguin Random House $10.99 -3
12 (10) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $6.50 -2
13 (17) 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 +4
14 (12) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins $4.00 -2
15 (9) Falling for My Best Friend’s Brother J. S. Cooper Self-published $3.99 -6
16 (11) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $2.99 -5
17 (13) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster $6.99 -4
18 (n/a) Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple Danielle Walker Victory Belt $1.99 New
19 (15) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $9.79 -4
20 (n/a) Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy Book 3) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 New
21 (n/a) Silent Scream (Detective Kim Stone Series Book 1) Angela Marsons Bookouture $0.99 New
22 (14) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House $4.40 -8
23 (n/a) Angels Walking: A Novel Karen Kingsbury Simon & Schuster $1.99 New
24 (22) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House $4.99 -2
25 (23) The Silent Girls Eric Rickstad HarperCollins $0.99 -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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