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.
Read more: forbes.com.
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.
(via wired.com: Why Genre Rules e-Books, and What the Big Publishers Are Doing About It)
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Bowker: self-published e-books 12% of sales | The Bookseller
Self-published titles make up 12% of all e-book sales, according to new findings from Bowker Market Research.
The popularity of self-published titles rises when looking at certain categories, with the self-published share of e-book volume sales more than 20% in areas such as crime, science fiction and fantasy, romance and humour.
The research is based on Bowker’s regular Books & Consumers survey, which holds monthly interviews with book buyers, questioning around 3,000 consumers each month. The findings were unveiled today (June 7th) at The Literary Consultancy Conference by Steve Bohme, UK research director at Bowker.
He said: “It’s one of the first times we have looked at self-publishing in this depth to find out what part it plays. It’s interesting to have this data, as it allows self-published writers to understand more about the market they are operating in.”
via star-telegram.com: Librarians fight to keep publishers from taking over e-book revolution | Fort Worth | Ne…
I love librarians!
There’s a tightrope across the digital divide that nearly 7,000 librarians meeting this week in Fort Worth are crossing, but some aren’t tiptoeing. They’re leaping across the gap and looking for ways to stay at the forefront of a new age in reading.
Electronic books and digital devices have altered the reading landscape but for the most part America’s six largest publishing houses have tried to keep libraries on the sidelines of the reformation.
Big publishers have limited releases of digital titles to libraries, charged them much more for e-books than printed ones and restricted the number of times that digital books can be checked out before forcing libraries to buy another copy.
Some librarians aren’t willing to let publishers control the revolution.
They are looking to compete by forming their own publishing arms to capitalize on new content streams that have blossomed alongside the e-book tsunami, said Jamie LaRue, director of the Douglas County Library system in Colorado and one of the speakers today at the 100th annual meeting of the Texas Library Association being held at the Fort Worth Convention Center.