‘Train’ Ride Continues as Hawkins Novel Keeps Leading Ebook Best-Seller List

Digital Book World ebook best-sellersPaula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train chugs into its sixth week as the No. 1 best-selling ebook, an accomplishment that’s rather noteworthy for bucking the trend of top titles driven by hot movie releases.

One trend the novel’s success fits right into, though, is the clear dominance its publisher Penguin Random House has enjoyed on the Ebook Best-Seller List for many months. There are fourteen of the publisher’s titles on this week’s list, two down from last week.

Of the remaining eleven, five titles are published by Simon & Schuster, Macmillan and Hachette, the three Big Five publishers back operating under a version of the agency pricing model.

However, only two of those—The Nightingale (Macmillan, $12.99) and All the Light We Cannot See (Simon & Schuster, $11.99)—are listed on Amazon as having prices set by their publishers.

The average price of a best-selling ebook drops more than a dollar this week as pricier ebooks retreat. That figure is now $6.47, versus last week’s $7.48.

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 3/7/15
Rank* Title Author Publisher Price** Change
1 (1) The Girl on the Train: A Novel Paula Hawkins Penguin Random House $6.49
2 (2) Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Part 3) E L James Penguin Random House $4.99
3 (3) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $4.00
4 (6) The Nightingale Kristin Hannah Macmillan $12.99 +2
5 (7) All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Anthony Doerr Simon & Schuster $11.99 +2
6 (21) Falling for My Best Friend’s Brother J. S. Cooper Self-published $3.99 +15
7 (16) Dark Places: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House $2.99 +9
8 (10) A Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel Anne Tyler Penguin Random House $10.99 +2
9 (5) Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $3.99 -4
10 (8) Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail Cheryl Strayed Penguin Random House $4.40 -2
11 (4) American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History Chris Kyle; Scott McEwen; Jim DeFelice HarperCollins $4.00 -7
12 (14) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House $6.50 +2
13 (9) Still Alice Lisa Genova Simon & Schuster $6.99 -4
14 (24) Prodigal Son: A Novel Danielle Steel Penguin Random House $11.99 +10
15 (11) Motive: An Alex Delaware Novel Jonathan Kellerman Penguin Random House $9.99 -4
16 (n/a) Trace: Part 3 Deborah Bladon Self-published $0.99 New
17 (13) Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Part 2) E L James Penguin Random House $4.99 -4
18 (23) One Wish (Thunder Point Series) Robyn Carr HarperCollins $4.51 +5
19 (12) Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand Penguin Random House $4.99 -7
20 (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 -1
21 (6) Private Vegas James Patterson; Maxine Paetro Hachette $9.99 -14
22 (n/a) The Silent Girls Eric Rickstad HarperCollins $0.99 New
23 (n/a) Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega Series Book 4) Patricia Briggs Penguin Random House $9.09 New
24 (22) The Escape (John Puller Series Book 3) David Baldacci Hachette $9.99 -2
25 (n/a) Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy Book 2) Veronica Roth HarperCollins $6.99 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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