Hachette on Top of Publisher Power Rankings

shutterstock_121579675Which publisher had the most ebook best-sellers in the first half of the year? It wasn’t Random House or Penguin; it was Hachette. The publisher rode a consistent stream of best-sellers to the top of our rankings.
However, if you look at Penguin and Random House as one entity (which became a reality in the second half of the year), that publisher would be on top of the rankings. In the second half of 2013, we’ll see if that happens.
Another item of note in the publisher rankings is that self-published authors hit the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list 66 times in the first half of 2013 – 22 in the first quarter and 44 in the second. Self-published authors as a group beat out such publishers as Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic and many others. See a trend?
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Related: Three Things We Learned From the Publisher Rankings

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