Top 10 E-Book Best-Sellers; Week Ending 6-2-13

    by Jeremy Greenfield
    June 4, 2013
    Photo by Fabrice Neuman

    The Digital Book World E-Book Best-Seller list tracks e-book sales ranking and price data across five major e-book retailers with the goal of providing the most accurate picture of which e-books are most often purchased by consumers and at what price point. The full methodology is available here.

    Big publishers dominate the high end of this week’s e-book best-seller list, despite the efforts of thousands of self-published authors who have from time to time displaced the professional publishing houses at the top. This week’s big news in publishing — the trial of the U.S. vs. Apple, et al, an e-book price-fixing antitrust case — might have you wondering why there are so many e-books priced above $9.99 on the list. Well, many of those books are published by companies that are still operating under what’s called “agency” pricing — specifically, Penguin and Random House. In a few months, when those two merge and Penguin inks new e-book deals with Amazon and others, the prices of those best-selling books could go down. Here’s the latest top 10 e-book best-sellers.

    1. “Inferno: A Novel” (Robert Langdon) by Dan Brown; Random House; $12.99
    2. “And the Mountains Echoed: A Novel” by Khaled Hosseini; Penguin; $12.99 — New
    3. “The Hit” by David Baldacci; Hachette; $8.99
    4. “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Simon & Schuster; $4.99
    5. “The Forever of Ella and Micha” by Jessica Sorensen; Hachette; $2.99
    6. “12th of Never” (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro; Hachette; $11.99
    7. “Silken Prey” by John Sandford; Penguin; $12.99
    8. “Whiskey Beach” by Nora Roberts; Penguin; $9.99
    9. “Don’t Say A Word” by Barbara Freethy; Self-published; $0.99
    10. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn; Random House; $12.99

    See the complete list of the top 25 best-selling e-books and more analysis at Digital Book World.


    Jeremy Greenfield is responsible for managing all editorial content on DigitalBookWorld.com, including the DBW Expert Publishing Blog, the Digital Book Wire and editorial email and social media communications. Prior to joining Digital Book World in October 2011, Jeremy spent three years as a careers editor at FINS.com. Jeremy lives and works in New York City and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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