All it takes is a quick glance at the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List on any given week to see how a TV or movie adaptation boosts best-selling ebook sales. But once in a while the effect is especially pronounced.
Both Gayle Forman's novel and John Green's are published by Penguin Random House, the world's largest trade publisher. This week, half of the top 25 titles belong to Penguin Random House, many of them in the list's upper reaches.
This week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List is, in some ways, a tale of three titles: John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, his 2006 novel Looking for Alaska and J. K. Rowling's The Silkworm, published under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
Despite its ongoing feud with Amazon, Hachette continues to boast a strong presence on this week's list. One reason is that the e-tailer has so far proven reluctant to extend the pricing tactics it's applied to Hachette print titles to the publisher's ebooks.
The company's publishing arm sees further successes with Moving Day by Jonathan Stone holding steady for the second week in a row at No. 2, plus two additional titles in the top ten. The top ten best-selling ebooks for the week of May 17.
The Target by David Baldacci falls from the No. 1 spot it held for the past two weeks down to No. 7, capping off a frustrating week for Hachette, which is currently scuffling with Amazon over delayed shipments of some of its biggest print titles.
Even though I loved the movie and saw it two days in a row, it failed to diverge (see what I did there?) from the well-established custom of movies by never quite matching the quality of the books on which they are based. So here are five reasons why you should pick up a copy of Divergent.
There is a hidden grain of resiliency buried near the surface of the dour and cloudy plots that these movies bring us. Remember that the best fiction, and especially the best fantasy fiction, often show us how NOT to behave.
The film based on the first book in Veronica Roth's Divergent series just raked in $56 million at the box office in its opening weekend. Meanwhile, that trilogy occupies the top three spots in this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List for the second week running.
Veronica Roth's powerhouse Divergent series is beginning to look a lot like The Hunger Games. For the first time, the trilogy snags the top three spots on this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.