Best-Sellers Power Penguin Random House

PRH_wordmark_brandsystem_MCKLThe world’s largest trade publisher has had a strong summer on the ebook best-seller list and currently leads the pack when it comes to ebook publishers in 2014 so far.

In a half-year financial report, Penguin Random House points to the success of its best-selling young adult and children’s titles as the source of its strong earnings.

Media tie-in titles were especially big hits for the publisher this year, including If I Stay and The Fault in Our Stars. John Green’s novel sold 5.7 million copies in the first six months of 2014.


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