DBW E-Book Bestsellers: Agency E-Book Pricing Doesn’t Affect List

    by Rich Bellis
    January 23, 2015
    Photo by Ronnie Pitman and reused here with Creative Commons license.

    The-Girl-on-the-Train-200x300Two of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency e-book pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list.

    Macmillan finds itself without any e-books within the Top 25 for a third week in a row, and Simon & Schuster expands its footprint from one title last week to two this week.

    "Two of the Big Five publishers to have recently regained agency e-book pricing from Amazon began setting their own prices on some titles a little over a week ago, but that shift doesn’t seem to have registered yet on the best-seller list."

    Some of the top sellers of 2014, like the “Divergent” series and “The Fault in Our Stars,” hold strong after making return appearances during the holiday shopping season.


    In the meantime, a new Penguin Random House novel by Paula Hawkins, “The Girl on the Train,” shoots up an impressive 16 places to snag the No. 2 spot on this week’s list.

    The average price of a best-selling e-book dips slightly to $5.24, after spiking to $5.52 last week.

    E-book best-sellers from the week ending 1/17:

    1. “Gone Girl: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $4.99
    2. “The Girl on the Train: A Novel,” Paula Hawkins, Penguin Random House, $10.99
    3. “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” Laura Hillenbrand, Penguin Random House, $4.99
    4. “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins, $5.99
    5. “Big Little Lies,” Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $3.99
    6. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” Cheryl Strayed, Penguin Random House, $6.15
    7. “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” Anthony Doerr, Simon & Schuster, $10.99
    8. “Dark Places: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $2.99
    9. “Divergent,” Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $2.99
    10. “The Maze Runner,” James Dashner, Penguin Random House, $1.99

    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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