Friday, October 17, 2014

Best-Selling Ebooks Fetch Higher Prices

Both Digital Book World and Smashwords have come out with best-selling ebook lists this week. The majority of best-selling ebooks are published by traditional publishers: Random/Penguin, Hachette and Macmillan. But Penelope Ward's self-published book, Stepbrother Dearest, still holds third place.

Although Amazon maintains that keeping ebook prices low increases sales, these two charts seem to indicate that this is only true for self-published books. More than a third of this week’s overall top 25 titles cost more than $10, whereas self-published titles ranged from $2.99 to $4.99. Note that the majority of Smashwords' best-selling titles are romances.

Digital Book World Daily, October 15, 2014
Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 10/11/14
Rank*TitleAuthorPublisher Price**Change
(1)Gone Girl: A NovelGillian FlynnPenguin Random House $    6.38
(n/a)The Heroes of Olympus (The Blood of Olympus Book 5)Rick RiordanHachette $    8.99New
(8)The Best of MeNicholas SparksHachette $    5.99+5
(2)Stepbrother DearestPenelope WardSelf-published $    3.99-2
(n/a)Deadline (Virgil Flowers Book 8)John SandfordPenguin Random House $   11.99New
(6)Burn (Michael Bennett Book 7)Michael LedwidgeHachette $    9.99
(3)Outlander: A NovelDiana GabaldonPenguin Random House $    4.99-4
(5)Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious GeneralMartin DugardMacmillan $    9.99-3
(9)The Maze RunnerJames DashnerPenguin Random House $    5.80
10 (4)Gray Mountain: A NovelJohn GrishamPenguin Random House $   11.99-6
11 (15)Dark Places: A NovelGillian FlynnPenguin Random House $    4.99+4
12 (7)Personal: A Jack Reacher NovelLee ChildPenguin Random House $   10.99-5
13 (11)Edge of Eternity (The Century Trilogy Book 3)Ken FollettPenguin Random House $   11.99-2
14 (10)Captivated by You (Crossfire Book 4)Sylvia DayPenguin Random House $    7.99-4
15 (13)The Complete Gillian Flynn: Gone Girl, Dark Places, Sharp ObjectsGillian FlynnPenguin Random House $   12.79-2
16 (n/a)Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”Lena DunhamPenguin Random House $   10.99New
17 (14)Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander Book 2)Diana GabaldonPenguin Random House $    4.99-3
18 (17)The Fault in Our StarsJohn GreenPenguin Random House $    7.40-1
19 (12)Big Little LiesLiane MoriartyPenguin Random House $   10.99-7
20 (n/a)Leaving Time: A NovelJodi PicoultPenguin Random House $   11.84New
21 (21)A Good MarriageStephen KingSimon & Schuster $    4.74
22 (19)Orphan Train: A NovelChristina Baker KlineHarperCollins $    6.99-3
23 (n/a)Voyager (Outlander Book 3)Diana GabaldonPenguin Random House $    4.99New
24 (23)If I StayGayle FormanPenguin Random House $    4.99-1
25 (18)Mean StreakSandra BrownHachette $   12.99-7
Smashwords Bestseller List

1All For ThisLexi Ryan9781940832951Romance3.99
2Fall To YouLexi Ryan9781940832944Romance3.99
3Filthy Beautiful LiesKendall Ryan9781311020567Romance3.99
4Broken SilenceNatasha Preston9781301920686Romance2.99
5The Seduction 2Roxy Sloane9781311513724Romance2.99
6The Seduction 3Roxy Sloane9781311530370Romance2.99
7Saving AngelBrenda Kennedy9781311884435Romance2.99
8The Seduction 4Roxy Sloane9781310951091Romance2.99
9Betrayed: Book TwoNicky Charles9781311066817Paranormal Romance2.99
10UninhibitedMelody Grace9781311419996Romance3.99
11Mud and GoldShayne Parkinson9781452303802Historical Fiction2.99
12Settling the AccountShayne Parkinson9781452303840Historical Fiction2.99
13Nothing Left to LoseKirsty Moseley9781301339518Romance2.99
14Forever and AlwaysE. L. Todd9781310462849Romance4.99
15A Second ChanceShayne Parkinson9781452303871Historical Fiction2.99
16Drawn 2 - RedemptionLilliana Anderson9781310324413Romance3.99
17Storm ShellsGJ Walker-Smith9780987484567YA Romance3.99
18Second HeartsGJ Walker-Smith9780987484550YA Romance3.99
19Three YearsLili Saint Germain9780992526405Romance2.99
20ElicitRachel Van Dyken9780991587254Romance2.99
21Every Sunset ForeverR.E. Butler9781311041906Paranormal Romance2.99
22Secret NorthGJ Walker-Smith9781311354280YA Romance3.99
23Sweet FallTillie Cole9781310426995Romance2.99
24FableChanda Hahn9781301123575YA Romance3.99
25The Silver SirenChanda Hahn9780996104807YA Romance3.99

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