Weekly E-Book Ranking: top two hold firm

Weekly E-Book Ranking: top two hold firm

The Weekly E-Book Ranking’s top two cannot be moved. Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Helen Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz have held first and second place in the top 20 for five weeks straight. Lee Child’s The Midnight Line claimed third place for a second week running, as its paperback equivalent racked up record sales figures.

To dust off a pun we’ve already wrung every possible drop of humour from, the Honeyman is still far from over. With an unbroken 10-week stint at the top, Eleanor Oliphant... is now the longest-running Weekly E-Book Ranking number one since records began (in, er, May 2016). With a total of 11 weeks in the top spot, only Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train has spent more time at the summit, though she did so in a non-consecutive manner.

Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows’ The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society soared up the chart, claiming fourth place as its film adaptation hit UK cinemas. Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One and Agatha Christie’s Ordeal By Innocence also scored top-20 places due to silver- and small- screen adaptations.

Paranormal romance writer and former number one ranking J R Ward was the highest new entry, with the 16th title in her Black Dagger Brotherhood series, The Thief. In hardback, the book has sold just 946 copies this month, but the e-book format seems to play to some smaller genres’ strengths. Ward’s The Chosen sold nearly 4,000 units in “e” in a single week last April to top the e-book pile, yet none of her print titles have shifted more than 20,000 copies through the TCM.

The Richard and Judy Book Club, always a solid sales-booster in print, throws up some odd results when refracted through the e-book chart. Of the latest batch, aside from The Midnight Line, Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, firmly in the middle of the pack in the print charts, scorched into sixth place in “e”. The latter’s success could also be down to the seal of approval it has had from Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon, who has snapped up the film rights (she also snapped up screen rights to Eleanor Oliphant... and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies). Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things, a veteran of the promotion from its Autumn 2017 instalment, is still hanging in there digitally, charting 19th this week.

1 44 Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman HarperCollins 9780008172138 £3.99
2 11 The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris Zaffre 9781785763663 £2.99
3 22 The Midnight Line Lee Child Transworld 9781473542297 £4.99
4 2 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows Bloomsbury 9781408803318 £7.67
5 1 The Thief J R Ward Little, Brown 9780349409221 £9.99
6 2 Little Fires Everywhere Celeste Ng Little, Brown 9781408709702 £3.99
7 6 Let Me Lie Clare Mackintosh Little, Brown 9780751564891 £4.99
8 6 Ready Player One Ernest Cline Cornerstone 9781446493830 £3.99
9 10 The Woman in the Window A J Finn HarperCollins 9780008234171 £3.99
10 12 Still Me Jojo Moyes Penguin 9781405924214 £9.99
11 2 The Fear C L Taylor Avon 9780008118105 £2.99
12 1 Coming Home to Cuckoo Cottage Heidi Swain Simon & Schuster 9781471147302 £3.99
13 2 A Brief History Of Time Stephen Hawking Transworld 9781409092360 £5.99
14 35 The Dry Jane Harper Little, Brown 9781408708187 £3.99
15 5 The Pearl Sister Lucinda Riley Macmillan 9781509840083 £7.99
16 2 Our House Louise Candlish Simon & Schuster 9781471168055 £4.99
17 2 Never Greener Ruth Jones Transworld 9781473542167 £7.99
18 2 Ordeal by Innocence Agatha Christie HarperCollins 9780007422647 £3.99
19 26 The Keeper of Lost Things Ruth Hogan Hodder & Stoughton 9781473635494 £3.99
20 2 Macbeth Jo Nesbo Vintage E-Books 9781473511743 £9.99

Data is for week ending 14th April 2018.
T&Cs: Titles with a selling price below £2 are excluded, as are titles priced £4.50 or below with any print versions priced above £17.99. Participating publishers: PRH UK, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Simon & Schuster and Bonnier. WKS = the number of weeks in chart. DLP = digital list price.