Jeremy Greenfield, Contributor
12/30/2013 @ 2:25PM
At Digital Book World, we track a weekly list of ebook best-sellers. I’ve counted up how many times each publisher has had a hit and, bingo, an end-of-year ranking of which publishers had the most success publishing ebooks in 2013:
1. Penguin Random House — 478 best-sellers*
2. Hachette — 258 best-sellers
3. Self-published — 99 best-sellers [emphasis added]
4. HarperCollins — 91 best-sellers
5. Simon & Schuster — 72 best-sellers
See the rest of the top ebook publishers in 2013.
Aside from the dominance of Penguin Random House, the obvious story is the success of self-publishing. Indie authors not only managed to hit the list 99 times in 2013, they managed four No. 1 best-sellers: Best-Selling Ebooks in 2013: Safe Haven, Inferno Lead Pack.
One of the biggest success stories in U.S. publishing in recent years has been the continued growth of digital book publishing. Last year, total revenue for e-book sales in the United States reached $3.04 billion, a 44.2% increase on 2011′s numbers and a figure all the more impressive when you realize that growth is additive to the print publishing industry. Even more surprising,
publishers have focused much of their attention on genres like sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and romance fiction – markets that have traditionally lagged behind “literary fiction” in terms of sales.