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The DBW Ebook Best-Seller Power Rankings is a list of publishers whose ebooks have appeared on the weekly DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. The publishers are listed in order depending on how many appearances their titles made on the ebook best-seller list on a week-to-week basis.
When it comes to creating best-selling ebooks, no publisher can come close to the prowess of Penguin Random House.
Through the first quarter of 2014, the world’s largest publisher had 122 weekly ebook best-sellers, nearly double its closest competitor and about 41% of all the best-sellers so far this year.
That said, PRH’s closest competitor perhaps had an even stronger first quarter, despite having fewer overall best-sellers. HarperCollins hit the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list 67 times in the quarter, about 22% of all best-sellers. But it also had 10 No. 1 ebook best-sellers (all Veronica Roth’s Divergent), only missing the top spot in the 12 weeks we measured in the first quarter. See the other two No. 1 best-sellers in our chart below.
Penguin Random House
Last year, PRH as a combined entity had 230 ebook best-sellers, good for second on our annual list of best ebook publishers (Hachette was first with 258). But that was only half a year of publishing. Adding up all of the Penguin, Random House and Penguin Random House best-sellers from all of 2013, the company had 478 titles on the list. At 122 at the quarter pole, PRH is on track to match that total this year.
Last year, Amazon was ninth on the overall ebook best-seller list with 46 appearances on our weekly best-seller lists. This year, it’s on pace to hit 120 appearances with 30 in the first quarter, including a No. 1 best-seller (William Lashner’s The Barkeep), a first for the company, and something not even powerhouse publisher Penguin Random House accomplished in the first quarter. Amazon was fourth among all ebook publishers last quarter.
|Rank||Publisher||Appearances||No. 1 Best-Sellers|
|1||Penguin Random House||122||0|
|5 (tie)||Simon & Schuster||12||0|
|10 (tie)||Kensington Books||1||0|
|10 (tie)||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt||1||0|