DBW E-book Bestsellers: Higher-Priced E-Books Climb the Best-Seller List

    by Rich Bellis
    October 16, 2014
    Photo by John Blyberg and used here with Creative Commons license.
    Photo by Pesky Library and used here with Creative Commons license.

    Photo by Pesky Library and used here with Creative Commons license.

    On last week’s list, seven titles with price tags higher than $10 contributed to pushing the average price of a best-selling e-book up to $7.74. That figure now jumps to $8.39, as more than a third of this week’s top 25 titles cost more than $10.

    Three of the nine titles in that category are making first appearances on the best-seller list, among them Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl,” debuting at $10.99. It remains to be seen what kind of staying power these titles might have, but in recent weeks pricier e-books have performed noticeably well.


    On the other hand, Penelope Ward’s self-published “Stepbrother Dearest,” which debuted last week at No. 2, remains squarely within the top five and costs readers just $3.99.

    Amazon has made cheaper e-books a centerpiece of its battle with Hachette, and even though the dispute is at least as much about profit margins as it is about pricing, those trends are something e-book publishers and retailers are keeping a close eye on.

    E-book best-sellers from the week ending 10/11:

    1. “Gone Girl: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $6.38
    2. “The Heroes of Olympus (The Blood of Olympus Book 5),” Rick Riordan, Hachette, $8.99
    3. “The Best of Me,” Nicholas Sparks, Hachette, $5.99
    4. “Stepbrother Dearest,” Penelope Ward, self-published, $3.99
    5. “Deadline (Virgil Flowers Book 8),” John Sanford, Penguin Random House, $11.99
    6. “Burn (Michael Bennett Book 7),” James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, Hachette, $9.99
    7. “Outlander: A Novel,” Diana Gabaldon, Penguin Random House, $4.99
    8. “Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General,” Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, Macmillan, $9.99
    9. “The Maze Runner,” James Dashner, Penguin Random House, $5.72
    10. “Gray Mountain: A Novel,” John Grisham, Penguin Random House, $11.99

    See the complete list of this week’s top 25 e-book bestsellers at Digital Book World.

    Rich Bellis writes for Digital Book World, where this article originally appeared.

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