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For the first time in a month, a self-published title is on the Digital Book World E-book Best-Seller list.
The Arrangement 11 by H.M. Ward (No. 18) finally broke through after planned releases and discounted best-sellers helped the “big five” publishing houses dominate the e-book best-seller list for weeks.
It was only a few months ago when it looked like self-published titles would completely take over the e-book best-seller list. In the first quarter of 2013, self-published titles appeared on the DBW list 22 times. In the second quarter, self-published titles appeared on the list twice as many times, bringing the half-year total to 66. That’s roughly 10% of all appearances on the list in the first half.
In the second half of the year, self-published titles aren’t faring nearly so well — anecdotally, that is, as the final numbers won’t be in for a few months. But four weeks with no appearances can’t help matters.
Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling ebook dipped down to $7.99 this week after successive increases that saw it get closer to $9.00 than $8.00 for the first time in months.
E-book best-sellers from the week ending 11/3:
1. Sycamore Row, John Grisham, Penguin Random House, $11.99
2. Allegiant, Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
3. Ender’s Game: 1 (The Ender Quintet), Orson Scott Card, Macmillan, $3.98
4. Dark Witch: Book One of The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy, Nora Roberts, Penguin Random House, $7.99
5. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $5.99
6. Divergent, Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $3.99
7. Killing Jesus: A History, Bill O’Reilly; Martin Dugard, Macmillan $10.91
8. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak, Penguin Random House, $3.99
9. Insurgent (Divergent), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
10. Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, Charles Krauthammer, Penguin Random House, $11.47
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.