HarperCollins and Divergent Take Top Three Spots on Ebook Best-Seller List

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Divergent_film_posterVeronica Roth’s Divergent series is doing its best Hunger Games series impression. The HarperCollins property has been dominating ebook best-seller lists all year and this week, for the first time, took all three top spots.

Also, like The Hunger Games series, Divergent is now an ebook bundle best-seller, sitting at No. 12 on our list for $14.99.

The first Divergent film comes out March 21, in just a few days. Analysts are expecting the movie to help revive ticket sales for properties aimed at the young adult audience. Opening weekend box office take in the U.S. is expected to be up to $60 million, which would put it on par with the Twilight series releases. Strong ebook sales in the U.S. and around the world helped drive analysts to that assertion.

 

Amazon Holds on

Defying a pattern of recent months, two Amazon titles that hit the list last week sustained sales for a second week in a row to remain best-sellers. Hidden by Catherine McKenzie dropped two spots to clock in at No. 4 on the list and The Seventh Child by Erik Valeur fell twelve spots to hit No. 22.

 

Prices Tick up

The average price of a best-selling ebook is now $7.65, a slight increase over last week when the average price of a best-selling ebook was $7.49. The absence of self-published titles on this week’s list help explain the rise. The $14.99 Divergent bundle has also helped drive up the index.

 

Top 25 Ebook Best-Sellers
Week Ending 3/15/14
Rank* Title Author Publisher  Price**  Change
1 (1) Divergent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    4.99
2 (3) Insurgent (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +1
3 (4) Allegiant (Divergent Series) Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $    6.99 +1
4 (2) Hidden Catherine McKenzie Amazon  $    4.99 -2
5 (5) The Fault in Our Stars John Green Penguin Random House  $    5.50
6 (n/a) Hawaii: A Novel James A. Michener Penguin Random House  $    0.99 New
7 (6) The Invention of Wings: A Novel (Original Publisher’s Edition-No Annotations) Sue Monk Kidd Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -1
8 (7) The Husband’s Secret Liane Moriarty Penguin Random House  $    5.99 -1
9 (8) The Goldfinch Donna Tartt Hachette  $    7.50 -1
10 (11) Sycamore Row John Grisham Penguin Random House  $    6.49 +1
11 (23) Mockingjay Suzanne Collins Scholastic  $    6.99 +12
12 (n/a) The Divergent Series Complete Collection Veronica Roth HarperCollins  $   14.99 New
13 (14) Orphan Train: A Novel Christina Baker Kline HarperCollins  $    6.99 +1
14 (12) Twelve Years a Slave Solomon Northup HarperCollins  $    0.99 -2
15 (13) The Book Thief Markus Zusak Penguin Random House  $    6.54 -2
16 (n/a) Night Broken (A Mercy Thompson Novel) Patricia Briggs Penguin Random House  $   10.99 New
17 (17) Mickey Outside (A White Collar Crime Thriller) David Lender Amazon  $    4.99
18 (16) Gone Girl: A Novel Gillian Flynn Penguin Random House  $    8.99 -2
19 (15) Private L.A. James Patterson; Mark Sullivan Hachette  $   11.99 -4
20 (18) Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel Anna Quindlen Penguin Random House  $   10.65 -2
21 (21) The Chase: A Novel (Fox and O’Hare) Janet Evanovich; Lee Goldberg Penguin Random House  $   11.47
22 (10) The Seventh Child Erik Valeur Amazon  $    4.99 -12
23 (9) Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) Brandon Sanderson Macmillan  $   12.74 -14
24 (22) The Chance (Thunder Point) Robyn Carr Harlequin  $    5.49 -2
25 (19) Concealed in Death J. D. Robb Penguin Random House  $   10.99 -6

* Previous week’s list rank in parentheses.

** Price reflects minimum price across all retailers throughout the week. Price may vary between retailers and may change throughout the week. Contact Iobyte Solutions for more information on ebook pricing. Methodology available here.

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