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It’s a great feat for a publisher to have even one book make a best-seller list. Below is a list of the publishers who have made the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List in the second quarter of 2013 — and how many times they’ve each made the list. I’ve also compiled a list (further down) of the complete rankings from the first half of 2013.
Hachette is on top of both lists. In the first quarter, it was series like Beautiful Creatures that helped Hachette to No. 1. In the second quarter, it was a handful of titles and authors that took Hachette to the top, including David Baldacci’s The Hit (a mainstay on the list) and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (another mainstay).
In all, Hachette had 65 appearances in the top-25 best-selling ebooks list over 13 weeks.
Penguin and Random House are not far behind with 60 titles and 59 titles, respectively. Of course, if we combined their performance over the second quarter (to match their merged status starting at the beginning of the third quarter), their total best-sellers would far and away eclipse every other publisher.
Just behind Random-Penguin is, once again, self-published titles. It was a surprise that self-published titles were No. 4 on this list last quarter. The repeat here is likely no fluke, especially considering there were more self-published best-sellers in the second quarter than in the first — double, in fact: 44 vs. 22.
In addition to ranking by appearances, I decided for this iteration of the list to note how many No. 1 ebook best-sellers each publisher had. The top-five publishers each had at least one with Random House nailing six. Penguin had one. Adding the two publishers together would give them over half of the No. 1 best-sellers last quarter.
|Rank||Publisher||Appearances||No. 1 Best-sellers|
|5||Simon & Schuster||23||1|
|10||Belle Bridge Books||1|
|13||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||1|
|16||Open Road Media||1|
|17||The Indie Voice||1|
While Hachette is still on top after the first half of the year, our next list will combine Random House and Penguin. Penguin Random House will likely lead both the third-quarter and the full-year rankings.
We can also observe here which publishers had a better second quarter versus their first quarter. For instance, Simon & Schuster made a big push to go from No. 10 on the list to No. 6. On the other hand, Scholastic dropped from No. 6 to No. 9.
|6||Simon & Schuster||30||10|
|11||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||8||9|
|13||Belle Bridge Books||1||n/a|
|17||Open Road Media||1||n/a|
|18||The Indie Voice||1||n/a|