International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

An Empirical Analysis of a Book’s Price/Ranking Relationship on
Emmett Dulaney

This study examines the relationship between the ranking of a book and its price, the price of the substitutes, the number of reviews, stars, and the number of “likes” associated with it on Amazon. Linear regression was employed over a one month time period for a backlist technology book on A+ certification where the observed price changed forty-two times. Eleven other books on the same topic were also observed, and statistical significance was found for the price of the title, but not for the other variables tracked. The findings identify the relationship price has on the ranking of an older title with many substitutes on Amazon.

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