Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn has been named the top-selling e-book of 2014 for e-books by Sainsbury’s.
The Orion-published book was released as a film in Autumn last year starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Afleck, which had a direct impact on digital sales of the thriller novel.
The platform’s year-long report of bought and searched-for e-book titles revealed that the second most bought title was The Detective’s Daughter by Lesley Thomson (Head of Zeus), then The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (Little, Brown). Another title benefitting from a film adaptation, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Penguin), was the ninth top-selling e-book on the Sainsbury’s platform in 2014. However, the Sainsbury’s platform seems less influenced by film and television adaptations of books than rival retailers, such as Apple, which saw seven film tie-in titles feature in its Top 10 for 2014. Kobo, by comparison, had three films tie-in titles on its Top 10 for 2014 in the UK.
Other titles in the Sainsbury’s 2014 chart include Don’t Tell The Groom by Anna Bell (Quercus), which came in fourth position, Never Go Back by Lee Child (Bantam), which came in fifth and A Little Love by Amanda Prowse, the second title published by Head of Zeus in the top 10, which came in sixth position. The three remaining spots in the Top 10 rank were taken by Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (Black Swan), Inferno by Dan Brown (Transworld), and Lee Child again with High Heat: A Jack Reacher novella (Transworld).
Interestingly, the Top 10 searched-for books on the website differed to the equivalent paid-for list. While Gone Girl was the most searched and the most paid-for e-book, Game Of Thrones, Divergent, Philomena, Bridget Jones, The Hunger Games and The Book Thief were all featured in the most searched-for category but not on the most paid-for rank, implying that the searches failed to translate into sales.
A spokesperson for eBooks by Sainsburys, said: “It was an unforgettable year for crime and thriller authors all round as they also dominated the author category. Measured by total number of books sold, a whopping eight out of Sainsbury’s customers top ten eBook authors belonged to this popular genre.”