Despite a business conflict that has Amazon doing less to move large amounts of Hachette product than for books by other publishers, two titles from Hachette jumped into the top five of the e-book bestseller list this week.
James Patterson’s “Invisible” and J.K. Rowling’s “The Silkworm” (under her pen name Robert Galbraith) are ranked Nos. 4 and 5 this week and are both on the list for the first time. Both are titles that came out in late June and did not enjoy pre-order buying capabilities on Amazon, an important factor in determining best-sellers (though “Invisible” had a free preview of the first eight chapters available on Amazon since late April.)
Last week, “The Silkworm” failed to hit the bestseller list on its debut week, likely due to an inability to pre-order the title on Amazon.
Meanwhile, the average price of a bestselling e-book decreased this week to $6.99, down slightly from last week’s average of $7.37.
E-book bestsellers from the week ending 6/28:
1. “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green, Penguin Random House, $4.99
2. “Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel”, Janet Evanovich, Penguin Random House, $11.84
3. “The Goldfinch: A Novel”, Donna Tartt, Hachette, $6.99
4. “Invisible”, James Patterson; David Ellis, Hachette, $8.99
5. “The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike Series #2)”, Robert Galbraith, Hachette, $8.99
6. “The Husband’s Secret”, Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $5.99
7. “Mr. Mercedes: A Novel”, Stephen King, Simon & Schuster, $11.99
8. “All Fall Down: A Novel”, Jennifer Weiner, Simon & Schuster, $10.99
9. “Orphan Train: A Novel”, Christina Baker Kline, HarperCollins, $6.99
10. “Gone Girl: A Novel”, Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $8.52
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