Seasoned Authors Dominate Ebook Best-Seller List as Average Price Rises

Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller ListAll four of the new titles to hit this week’s Ebook Best-Seller List are by best-selling authors, like Harlan Coben and John Green, whose previous books have found broad appeal among readers.

That’s hardly surprising for a best-seller list, of course, and it’s something we’ve seen before. In the cases of John Green’s 2009 novel Paper Towns and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander, an upcoming movie and new episodes in a TV series, respectively, are likely responsible for driving the titles  they’re based on back up the rankings.

So as it rounds out its ninth week at No. 1, The Girl on the Train remains something of an outlier for being a debut title by a first-time author and unconnected with a big- or small-screen adaptation.

Another noteworthy exception to the noticeable dominance of best-selling, veteran authors is Angela Marsons, a UK novelist whose thriller Silent Scream scores a place within the top 25 for a second week running.

The average price of a best-seller ticks upward to $6.14 after a sharp drop to $5.74 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) The Stranger Harlan Coben Penguin Random House $10.99 New
3 (4) The Longest Ride Nicholas Sparks Hachette $5.39 +1
4 (2) NYPD Red 3 James Patterson; Marshall Karp Hachette $9.99 -2
5 (3) Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania Erik Larson Penguin Random House $10.99 -2
6 (6) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster $11.99  —
7 (n/a) Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel Lee Child Penguin Random House $12.99 New
8 (9) Divergent Veronica Roth HarperCollins $2.99 +1
9 (20) Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy Book 3) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 +11
10 (7) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $4.00 -3
11 (10) Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $3.99 -1
12 (8) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan $12.99 -4
13 (5) Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Book 3) E L James Penguin Random House $4.99 -8
14 (21) Silent Scream (Detective Kim Stone Series Book 1) Angela Marsons Bookouture $0.99 +7
15 (25) The Silent Girls Eric Rickstad HarperCollins $0.99 +10
16 (12) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $6.50 -4
17 (11) A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Anne Tyler Penguin Random House $10.99 -6
18 (16) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $2.99 -2
19 (n/a) Paper Towns John Green Penguin Random House $3.99 New
20 (13) 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 -7
21 (24) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Random House $4.99 +3
22 (14) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins $4.00 -8
23 (n/a) Outlander: A Novel Diana Gabaldon Random House $1.99 New
24 (22) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Random House $4.40 -2
25 (17) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster $6.99 -8

* 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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