DBW E-Book Bestsellers: ‘American Sniper’ Hits E-Book Best-Seller List Twice

    by Rich Bellis
    January 29, 2015
    Photo by ActuaLitté on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

    sniperThe well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015.

    “American Sniper” lands not one but two places on this week’s E-book Best-Seller List as the film adaptation starring Bradley Cooper plays in theaters now. The HarperCollins title snags the No. 1 spot at the same time that a memorial edition debuts on the list at No. 22.

    "The well-known power of media tie-ins to drive sales of best-selling e-books was on ample display in the second half of last year, and the phenomenon shows no signs of diminishing in the first few weeks of 2015."

    As has happened before, e-books associated with a film or TV series comprise the majority of this week’s list. Thirteen titles within the top 25 are either themselves the subject of an adaptation or belong in a series that is.


    The average price of a best-selling ebook inches upward after skittering up and down over the past few weeks, to $6.30 from $5.24 last week.

    E-book best-sellers from the week ending 1/24:

    1. “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” Chris Kyle, Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice, HarperCollins, $5.99
    2. “The Girl on the Train: A Novel,” Paula Hawkins, Penguin Random House, $9.09
    3. “Gone Girl: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $4.99
    4. “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption,” Laura Hillenbrand, Penguin Random House, $4.99
    5. “Big Little Lies,” Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $3.99
    6. “Dark Places: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $2.99
    7. “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” Cheryl Strayed, Penguin Random House, $6.15
    8. “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” Anthony Doerr, Simon & Schuster, $11.99
    9. “The Maze Runner,” James Dashner, Penguin Random House, $1.99
    10. “The Escape (John Puller Series Book 3),” David Baldacci, Hachette, $10.12

    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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