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By Porter Anderson
Another way to ask the question: Will the price for books ever seem right again?
No. 1 bestseller prices ranged from $0.99 to $14.99.
In Bestselling Ebooks of 2013: Safe Haven, Inferno and More, Bellis writes:
If there was any consistent feature of the ebook market in 2013, it was volatility – especially when it came to bestselling ebooks. Prices climbed and plummeted from week-to-week, self-published authors achieved more than one No. 1 best-selling title and a few from “big six” (and later, “five”) publishers clung to the top slot for weeks at a time.
Penguin Random House held the next three top-ebook spots with:
- Dan Brown’s Inferno priced at $12.99;
- Liane Moriarty’s The Husband’s Secret at $5.99; and
- John Grisham’s Sycamore Row priced at $3.29.
(Remember these prices were in effect as data was gathered for that last report in December. There may be considerable changes at this point. Volatility rules, as Bellis tells us.)
Of the US Top 25 as a whole, three spots were held in the December 26 listing by self-publishers—J.Lynn (who is also J. Armentrout), H.M. Ward, and Rachel Van Dyken — with their top-ranking books each priced at $0.99.
Nook is selling 100 of 2013′s most popular books for only 99p for a new promotion.
In “Catton and Tartt on Nook’s 99p List”, Farrington writes:
Bestselling titles including Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winner The Luminaries (Granta), Billy Bryson’s One Summer: America 1927 (Transworld) and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch (Little, Brown) are all included in the offer, alongside books such as Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury), Charles Moore’s Margaret Thatcher: The Authorised Biography (Penguin) and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (HarperCollins). Many of the titles in Nook’s 100 Best Books of 2013 offer are being price-matched on Amazon.
And how much does this mean the reader might be saving by buying, say, Catton’s acclaimed prize-winner?
For a title such as The Luminaries, which has an RRP [recommended retail price] of £18.99, the deal offers a saving of 95% on the full price.