Digital Book World best sellers listSelf-published books got a lot of face time over the last week with the mess from retailers taking down their e-books in stores. However, they didn’t see any attention on the Digital Book World Best Sellers List.

For the second week in a row, not one self-published made the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list, according to Jeremy Greenfield. The list was dominated by the Big Five with the lone standout being The House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Hyperion).

I don’t think after two weeks there should be any concern for self-published or indie authors. Best seller lists can be fickle. A book could be on top one week and be pushed off the next.

Although, I wonder if the lack of self-published books has anything to do with many self-published books being removed from stores, regardless of topic over the erotica issues. With less availability through regular outlets, it’s likely not as many people were buying self-published e-books because of the lack of exposure.

It’s something to definitely keep an eye on over the coming weeks when things – hopefully – return back to normal.

Another note: Since all the books on the best sellers list were from traditional publishers, the average price of e-books on the list rose to $8.53


  1. Sorry, but I can’t take Digital Book World’s “bestseller” list seriously. If you look at the calculations they use to arrive at their list, you will see that – by accident or design – the rules count hugely against self-publishers (things like penalties if you are only available on one store – no matter how much you actually sold, penalties if you are selling at a lower price, etc., and arbitrary bonuses for appearing in stores (like Google) that have a tiny portion of the market and that self-publishers don’t tend to bother with).

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