Penguin Random House is still on top of the Digital Book World E-book Bestseller list this week with another strong performance from “The Fault in Our Stars”, the John Green hit that hits theaters as a movie in early June. It may not have needed the boost, but the book was discounted to $4.99 from $7.40.
The prices of other titles went down as well, notably “Unlucky 13” by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which was selling for $12.74 and is now $8.99; and “The Target” by David Baldacci, which was also $12.74 and is now also $8.99.
Hachette e-books were selling at much higher prices last week, possibly due to Hachette’s current battle with Amazon over its next distribution contract.
The average price of a bestselling e-book has gone up this week to $7.45 from $6.88 last week, mostly due to a $19.99 e-book set of the five “Game of Thrones” titles by George R.R. Martin from Penguin Random House. If we looked at that title as five books, the average price of a bestselling e-book this week would be just about $7.00.
Meanwhile, Amazon Publishing has another hit on its hands. For the second week in a row, “Moving Day” by Jonathan Stone is No. 2 on the list.
E-book bestsellers from the week ending 5/17:
1. “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green, Penguin Random House, $4.99
2. “Moving Day: A Thriller”, Jonathan Stone, Amazon, $4.99
3. “Unlucky 13 (Women’s Murder Club)”, James Patterson; Maxine Paetro, Hachette, $8.99
4. “Dragon’s Triangle”, Christine Kling, Amazon, $4.99
5. “Field of Prey”, John Sandford, Penguin Random House, $8.99
6. “The Goldfinch: A Novel”, Donna Tartt, Hachette, $7.50
7. “Allegiant” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
8. “Insurgent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
9. “From the Moment We Met (A St. Helena Vineyard Novel),” Marina Adair, Amazon, $4.99
10. “The Target (Will Robie)”, David Baldacci, Hachette, $8.99
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