Hachette Books Discounted, Penguin Random House Still on Top of Best-Sellers List

by Rachel Baker on May 21, 2014

So, Hachette’s books have been discounted. It would be interesting to know if this is a result of the battle with Amazon.

Penguin Random House is still on top of the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list this week with another strong performance from The Fault in Our Stars, the John Green hit that hits theaters as a movie in early June. It may not have needed the boost, but the book was discounted to $4.99 from $7.40.

The prices of other titles went down as well, notably Unlucky 13 by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, which was selling for $12.74 and is now $8.99; and The Target by David Baldacci, which was also $12.74 and is now also $8.99.

Hachette ebooks were selling at much higher prices last week, possibly due to Hachette’s current battle with Amazon over its next distribution contract.

The average price of a best-selling ebook has gone up this week to $7.45 from $6.88 last week, mostly due to a $19.99 ebook set of the five Game of Thrones titles by George R.R. Martin from Penguin Random House. If we looked at that title as five books, the average price of a best-selling ebook this week would be just about $7.00.

Meanwhile, Amazon Publishing has another hit on its hands. For the second week in a row, Moving Day by Jonathan Stone is No. 2 on the list.

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And here’s an article from Forbes about the Amazon/Hachette Battle

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