DBW E-Book Bestsellers: Seasoned Authors Dominate as Average Price Rises

    by Rich Bellis
    April 2, 2015
    Photo by ActuaLitté on Flickr and used here with Creative Commons license.

    The-Girl-on-the-Train-200x300All four of the new titles to hit this week’s E-book Best-Seller List are by best-selling authors, like Harlan Coben and John Green, whose previous books have found broad appeal among readers.

    That’s hardly surprising for a best-seller list, of course, and it’s something we’ve seen before. In the cases of John Green’s 2009 novel “Paper Towns” and Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander,” an upcoming movie and new episodes in a TV series, respectively, are likely responsible for driving the titles they’re based on back up the rankings.

    "In the cases of John Green’s 2009 novel "Paper Towns" and Diana Gabaldon’s "Outlander," an upcoming movie and new episodes in a TV series, respectively, are likely responsible for driving the titles they’re based on back up the rankings."

    So as it rounds out its ninth week at No. 1, “The Girl on the Train” remains something of an outlier for being a debut title by a first-time author and unconnected with a big- or small-screen adaptation.


    Another noteworthy exception to the noticeable dominance of best-selling, veteran authors is Angela Marsons, a U.K. novelist whose thriller “Silent Scream” scores a place within the top 25 for a second week running.

    The average price of a bestseller ticks upward to $6.14 after a sharp drop to $5.74 last week.

    E-book bestsellers from the week ending 3/21:

    1. “The Girl on the Train: A Novel,” Paula Hawkins, Penguin Random House, $6.49
    2. “The Stranger,” Harlan Coben, Penguin Random House, $10.99
    3. “The Longest Ride,” Nicholas Sparks, Hachette, $5.39
    4. “NYPD Red 3,” James Patterson; Marshall Karp, Hachette, $9.99
    5. “Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,” Erik Larson, Penguin Random House, $10.99
    6. “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel,” Anthony Doerr, Simon & Schuster, $11.99
    7. “Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel,” Lee Child, Penguin Random House, $12.99
    8. “Divergent,” Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $2.99
    9. “Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy Book 3),” Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $3.99
    10. “Gone Girl: A Novel,” Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $4.00

    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.

    Tagged: bestsellers dbw digital book world digital publishing e-books publishing self-publishing

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