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Top Ebook Publishers in 2013 — Hachette, Penguin Random House on Top of Publisher Power Rankings

31 December 2013

From Digital Book World:

Below is a list of publishers who have made the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller list in 2013, ranking them by number of appearances.

While Hachette made a very strong showing in the first half of the year, leading all publishers in ebook best-sellers, Penguin Random House had almost as many best-sellers in the second half of the year (230) as Hachette had all year. If you add up PRH’s numbers with Penguin’s and Random House’s from the first half of the year, the company had an astounding 478 ebook best-sellers, about 40% of all the best-sellers from 2013.

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The other big story in the best-seller rankings in 2013 was the strong showing of self-publishing. Aside from Hachette and Penguin Random House, self-published authors (when viewed as one single publisher) had more best-sellers than any other single publishing house.

Link to the rest at Digital Book World

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11 Comments to “Top Ebook Publishers in 2013 — Hachette, Penguin Random House on Top of Publisher Power Rankings”


    And as discussed on KBoards, that’s only by Digital Bookworld’s reckoning. They only count books listed on all distribution sources, so authors who are only selling on Amazon, or who sell on all platforms but are opting out of Google Play until they offer more favorable TOS, aren’t being counted. The reality is probably more like #2, vying strongly for #1. Or so goes the (admittedly biased) popular thinking.

  2. An opportunity exists for financially successful indie author/publishers to move aggressively into the print channels.

    By banding together, coalitions of indie author/publishers can buy store-front co-op displays in B&N, BAM, Hudson, etc. and compete head-to-head with the Big 5 rather than be relegated to the back-of-the-store genre shelves.

    Print may not generate the pure profit ebooks do, but its a nice supplement, and lets us reach readers who don’t “e” yet. Perhaps most importantly, it’s a PR play that will dispel the last lingering doubts in readers’ minds about indie “quality.”

    • Great idea, and great points.

    • Seems like a lot of swimming to make it to a sinking ship.

      I’ve got a book with S&S that’s had major distribution to bookstores, Costco, Target, Wallmart, all the airport shops, etc. They sent me on a 12-city book tour. And I still sell more print books through CreateSpace than I do through B&N and all these other outlets combined.

      Having worked in bookstores for years, I can tell you that unless you are one of the very lucky few (Grisham, Patterson, Brown) or one of the breakouts (Collins, James, Larssen), it isn’t worth killing yourself to get 3 months of shelf time at a place where fewer and fewer people are shopping.

      Indies are probably better off developing relationships with their local indie stores than caring about B&N and BAM. We need more writing workshops at bookstores, more readings, more signing events, special sections for local authors, NaNoWriMo participation, and so on. Just my opinion, anyway. I’m wrong more often than I’m right.

      • Seems like a lot of swimming to make it to a sinking ship.

        It breaks my heart to admit it, Hugh, because the folks who work in bookstores are a part of our tribe. It feels a bit like we’re turning our back on them.

        But from a pure business standpoint, you are probably right about this (too).

      • @Hugh

        “Seems like a lot of swimming to make it to a sinking ship.”

        Yup. Plus, one of the major reasons for self-publishing (aside from money) is a writer’s control over his/her work. Many, if not most, writers probably don’t do very well working in “cooperative groups.” They’re too individualistic. It would be like trying to teach cats synchronized dancing.

  3. If you look at the Top 100 kindle book list put out by Amazon, Indies are actually number 1, though the top 10 is still composed of Trads. I did a statistical analysis of that list by price, gender, genre, and publisher on my blog, which some people here might find interesting. I think it it makes it clear that Indies have made serious inroads, and that is bound to continue in the foreseeable future.


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