No Fifty Shades of Grey? No problem for the world’s biggest publisher.
Even without the monster sales from the international best-selling mega-hit, Penguin Random House showed it could still bring home the bacon in 2013. Its parent company Bertelsmann released its 2013 results and the world’s largest trade publisher came close to hitting $4 billion in sales. This is including a full year of Random House results and half a year of Penguin. Expect to see the 2014 results clear $4 billion.
That said, it’s not like Fifty Shades didn’t help buoy 2013 results. The company still sold seven million copies of the titles in various languages. That’s a million more than it sold of Dan Brown’s Inferno, perhaps the No. 2 best-selling ebook in 2013.
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