Digital Growing at Big Five Publisher

shutterstock_173168846Digital now accounts for nearly a third of overall revenues at Hachette, one of the world’s largest book publishers. A year ago, that number was just under a quarter.

The growth in ebooks comes with growth at the company overall in revenues and profits.

The announcement of the company’s ebook growth should come as little surprise to Digital Book World readers as Hachette was the top ebook publisher in 2013 when it came to best-sellers (in a certain way of looking at it).


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The rest of the day’s top news:

Hachette Finds New Publisher for New Imprint (DBW)
Hachette Books, which is made up mainly of the old Hyperion list that Hachette acquired last year, will be led by Mauro DiPetra, who comes from Penguin Random House.

Amazon Publishing Goes German (DBW)
The publishing arm of the world’s largest ebook retailer is launching a German-language publishing program. Details.

Children’s App Developer Cupcake Digital Acquires iStoryTime (DBW)
The acquisition of zuuka, iStoryTime’s parent company, greatly enhances the number of apps Cupcake offers.

Al Kutub to Help You Find Arabic-Language Ebooks (Good E Reader)
A new aggregation service promises to help readers navigate the small but growing Arabic-language ebook landscape.

USA Today: Authors, Go for Audio (USA Today)
A self-published author talks about how she used Amazon’s ACX to build her audio books. The timing is bad, though, because ACX just lowered the payments it makes authors and other rights holders.

Indie Books to the Back of the Store? (Good E Reader)
Good E Reader editor has been on somewhat of a crusade against indie authors of late. Recently, he told them why they shouldn’t call themselves authors (our response). And now he’s saying their titles should be separated from other ebooks in ebook stores.

German Ebook Readers Are Mobile (
About one in seven readers of ebooks in Germany use their smartphones to access ebooks every day.

Social Media Marketing FAQ (DBW)
A recent Digital Book World webcast, Top Three Social Media Marketing Tactics for Publishers and Authors, was so overwhelmed with questions during the discussion period that we just couldn’t let the cries for information go unanswered. Hence, a free download for you, dear readers: A social media marketing FAQ.

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