For the second week in a row, the three HarperCollins “Divergent” series titles took the top three spots on our bestseller list, perhaps on the strength of the “Divergent” movie’s opening weekend haul of $56 million, a very good number. The fourth spot is the collection of all three titles for $14.99 — a savings of about $5 for readers who are finding the best deals, and a powerful argument for e-book bundling.
Amazon Publishing looks to have a consistent hit with “Hidden” by Catherine McKenzie after a series of titles this year that jumped onto and off the list week-to-week. It currently sits at No. 5, ahead of every e-book without the word “divergent” somewhere in the title.
Six of the next seven best-selling ebooks are from Penguin Random House, which has 11 total bestsellers in the top 25 this week.
Bestseller prices dip again
Several very low price big-five titles hitting the list helped drive the average price of a bestselling e-book down to $6.77 from $7.65 last week.
“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner (Penguin Random House, $1.99), “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter (HarperCollins, $1.99), “Little Girl Lost” by Brian McGilloway (HarperCollins, $0.99) and “Bullseye: An Original Will Robie / Camel Club Short Story” by David Baldacci (Hachette, $1.99) are all new to the list this week.
E-book best-sellers from the week ending 3/22:
1. “Divergent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $4.99
2. “Insurgent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
3. “Allegiant” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
4. “The Divergent Series Complete Collection”, Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $14.99
5. “Hidden”, Catherine McKenzie, Amazon, $4.99
6. “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green, Penguin Random House, $7.99
7. “The Husband’s Secret”, Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $5.99
8. “Missing You”, Harlan Coben, Penguin Random House, $11.99
9. “The Goldfinch”, Donna Tartt, Hachette, $7.50
10. “Sycamore Row”, John Grisham, Penguin Random House, $6.49
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