For a few weeks it seemed as if Amazon Publishing had finally arrived to compete with the world’s largest publishers, which consistently dominate the Digital Book World E-book Best-Seller list.
For several weeks in a row, Amazon had a handful of top sellers, including a No. 1 e-book best-seller the week ending February 1, a first for the publisher.
After sustaining some of its best-sellers for several weeks, Amazon publishing titles began to slip down the list, and this week there is only one e-book on our best-seller list, which tracks sales across Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo and Google. The title is “The Rented Mule” by Bobby Cole, sitting at No. 25 on the list for $4.99.
At the same time, HarperCollins has added another No. 1 best-seller to its pile this year with Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” taking the spot again for the third week in a row. And Penguin Random House again has 10 or more e-book best-sellers, a feat the large publisher has achieved a majority of weeks since it was formed last summer.
Meanwhile, the average price of a best-selling e-book continues to tick up, now sitting at $6.48, up from $6.24 last week.
E-book best-sellers from the week ending 2/22:
1. “Divergent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $4.99
2. “The Fault in Our Stars,” John Green, Penguin Random House, $5.50
3. “Concealed in Death,” J.D. Robb, Penguin Random House, $11.99
4. “The Goldfinch,” Donna Tartt, Hachette, $7.50
5. “Allegiant” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
6. “Insurgent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
7. “Sycamore Row,” John Grisham, Penguin Random House, $6.49
8. “The Husband’s Secret,” Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $5.99
9. “Private LA,” James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, Hachette, $11.99
10. “The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History,” Robert M. Edsel, Hachette, $4.49
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.