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Amazon Scores Ebook Best-Seller Hits With Hangman’s Daughter Ebooks

26 March 2013

From Digital Book World:

This week, it’s Amazon’s turn to dominate the ebook best-seller charts. It has two titles in the top ten and three in the top twelve, all Hangman’s Daughter books by Oliver Pötzsch.

When Amazon launched its publishing operation in 2011 and 2012 — first in Seattle and then in New York — hopes were high among its early authors and other publishers were scared that the leading book retailer in the world would favor its own titles above theirs and book sales would sag for anyone publishing under another imprint.

Fast-forward to 2013 and those hopes have been somewhat dashed and those fears somewhat dispelled as Amazon has had struggles in the publishing business.

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However, due to an aggressive pre-sale of the upcoming Pötzsch title The Poisoned Pilgrim: A Hangman’s Daughter Tale, things are looking up. The book doesn’t hit shelves until July but Amazon offered it for $0.99 at the end of last week*, shooting it to No. 1. After a day-long sale, the price was raised to $7.99 and then lowered again to $4.99.

Link to the rest at Digital Book World

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7 Comments to “Amazon Scores Ebook Best-Seller Hits With Hangman’s Daughter Ebooks”

  1. What a load of crap! Let’s go through it:

    1. Digital Book World’s list is cooked.

    2. Their formula discriminates heavily against books listed at one retailer.

    3. Their chart is weighted by price, so cheaper books have to massively outsell more expensive books to even get level pegging.

    4. Amazon’s books tend to be exclusive to Amazon (some by choice, others because their competitors refuse to stock them).

    5. Amazon’s books tend to be much cheaper than traditionally published books.

    6. Ergo, Amazon’s books have to outsell everything on the list by a crazy amount to even have a chance of appearing.

    7. As such, Amazon’s books don’t appear on the DBW list that often, except when there’s an absolutely crazy breakout book.

    I wonder if the publishing industry believes the crap it’s telling itself.

    • Yes, the publishing industry believes their own propaganda.

      Also, the Hangman’s Daughter books are awesome. Right up there with A Storm Hits Valparaiso in my list of favorite historical fiction.

  2. Ah, so I was coming on here to say “Yay Amazon”, but David’s post gave me pause.

    I think he’s saying this article way over-emphasizes how much struggle an Author with Amazon will have to hit a “best-seller” status.

    But this book sold so well, they couldn’t ignore it? Or is the Industry softening toward Amazon as it watched B&N struggle?

    Interesting times. I appreciate David’s analysis!

  3. $0.99, $7.99, $4.99, free… With such ping pong pricing, how can anyone realistically develop a best-seller list formula that can be relied upon?

    • For me, it’s simple. Ignore free books (easy to do), and have a chart based on raw sales – ignoring price.

      Bestseller lists have never taken account of price, so why start now? The only reason I suspect that DBW and other organizations are introducing these rules is to exclude those pesky self-publishers.

      To be honest, I actually don’t care what DBW do with their list. It’s irrelevant and readers don’t care. What I take objection to is them using that cooked list to make patently false pronouncements about the market – in this case about how Amazon Publishing is doing, but in other cases about the supposed lack of inroads self-publishers are making.

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