From The Guardian:
The Hachette publishing group has reported a fall in ebook sales as it continues its battle with Amazon over pricing.
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Lagardère, the French publishing company that owns Hachette, reported on Thursday that ebook sales in the US were down. Ebooks now make up 29% of adult book sales in this large market, down from 34% in June 2013.
The publisher said it had seen “a limited impact from Amazon’s punitive measures”, but added that the market for ebooks had reached a plateau.
Although Lagardère executives blamed a fall in the number of strong bestsellers for dragging down ebook sales, overall book sales in the US were up 5.6%, boosted by the sale of page-turners from Donna Tartt, former Navy seal Marcus Luttrell and Robert Galbraith, JK Rowling’s crime-writing nom de plume.
In the UK, where Amazon has not deployed the same tactics against publishers, Hachette’s ebook sales continued to grow.
Speaking on a conference call with market analysts, Dominique D’Hinnin, chief financial officer at Lagardère, played down the impact of the Amazon dispute. “Is there an impact in the Amazon’s relationship? Maybe, but it is hard to tell.”
Link to the rest at The Guardian and thanks to Meryl for the tip.