While e-book prices have spiked up to late 2013 over the past few weeks and now sit at another 2014 high ($8.25), it’s still somewhat jarring in this age of ultra-low-priced e-books to see a No. 1 bestseller at such a relatively high price. Have we entered a new era for e-book pricing, one in which prices are a bit higher?
It’s widely speculated in the industry that Amazon regularly prices bestselling e-books at very low prices that lose the e-tailer money to get readers in its shop to buy more profitable e-books that may not be bestsellers. Perhaps the company has tired on losing so much money on front-list titles.
Last year around the holidays, front-list bestsellers were going for all-time low prices:
Buy the new John Grisham (Penguin Random House) for $3.29 or Donna Tartt’s sensation “The Goldfinch” (Hachette) for $1.79. Buy “Gone Girl” (Penguin Random House) for $3.29 or all five Game of Thrones (Penguin Random House) books for $9.99 (a lot of pages for just ten dollars).
Is that era over? Or will we see e-book prices dip again at some point?
E-book bestsellers from the week ending 5/3:
1. “The Target (Will Robie)”, David Baldacci, Hachette, $12.74
2. “The Fault in Our Stars”, John Green, Penguin Random House, $7.40
3. “The Goldfinch: A Novel”, Donna Tartt, Hachette, $7.50
4. “Allegiant” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
5. “Divergent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $4.99
6. ”Gone Girl: A Novel”, Gillian Flynn, Penguin Random House, $8.55
7. “Insurgent” (Divergent Series), Veronica Roth, HarperCollins, $6.99
8. “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”, Todd Burpo; Sonja Burpo; Lynn Vincent; Colton Burpo, HarperCollins, $7.99
9. “I Am Livia”, Phyllis T. Smith, Amazon, $4.99
10. “The Husband’s Secret”, Liane Moriarty, Penguin Random House, $5.99
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