In a sign that the holiday shopping season was already getting underway the week before Black Friday, familiar bestsellers made renewed appearances on the E-book Best-Seller List, as the average price of a best-selling e-book dipped considerably, from $7.21 to $5.68.
Some of 2014’s heavy-hitters, like John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander,” slipped off the list many weeks ago. But both of those titles make a comeback as readers get into holiday shopping mode, and publishers encourage them by pushing their most successful titles.
Green’s and Gabaldon’s e-books are both priced at a bargain $2.99 each.
In its agreement last month with Amazon, Hachette regained the right to set its own e-book prices, with the e-tailer offering incentives to keep them low. While it’s impossible to know just how much the new deal is impacting Hachette’s pricing strategy, the publisher’s best-selling titles did gain a bit of ground last week overall.
None of the five Hachette e-books that made the top 25 last week are priced any lower this week, but Hachette hangs onto that five-book total and widens its share of the top ten by one.
E-book best-sellers from the week ending 11/29:
- “Gone Girl: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $2.99
- “Gray Mountain: A Novel,” John Grisham, Penguin Random House, $3.25
- “Hope to Die (Alex Cross Book 22),” James Patterson, Hachette, $9.99
- “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” Laura Hillenbrand, Penguin Random House, $2.99
- “The Burning Room (A Harry Bosch Novel Book 19),” Michael Connelly, Hachette, $3.99
- “The Escape (John Puller Book 3),” David Baldacci, Hachette, $10.99
- “Captivated by You (Crossfire Book 4),” Sylvia Day, Penguin Random House, $7.99
- “Big Little Lies,” Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $3.99
- “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” Anthony Doerr, Simon & Schuster, $6.99
- “Dark Places: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $2.99
Rich Bellis writes for Digital Book World, where this article originally appeared.