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Making a best-seller list even once is a great feat for any publisher or author, considering the ever-growing number of choices readers have and the growing competition for their attention. 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.
Hachette had 258 best-sellers in 2013, besting every other publisher by a wide margin.
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.
While it’s not an entirely fair comparison, self-published authors often think of themselves as part of a larger publishing community and publishers also likely think of indie authors as a group when it comes to best-sellers.
|2||Penguin Random House*||230|
|7||Simon & Schuster||72|
|12||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||8|
|14 (tie)||Soho Press||3|
|16 (tie)||Fido Publishing||2|
|16 (tie)||Gossamer Publishing||2|
|16 (tie)||Kensington Books||2|
|16 (tie)||Open Road Media||2|
|21 (tie)||Bell Bridge Books||1|
|21 (tie)||Covenant Communications||1|
|21 (tie)||Entangled Publishing||1|
|21 (tie)||ORLY Press||1|
|21 (tie)||Spencer Hill Press||1|
|21 (tie)||The Indie Voice||1|
* In the first half of 2013, ebooks published by Penguin or Random House were counted for each publisher. In the second half, all Penguin Random House books were combined. The Penguin Random House line above only represents second-half best-sellers from the publisher. The first-half best-sellers are counted in the individual Penguin and Random House lines.