How Amazon Tactics Affected Hachette Sales

shutterstock_137524454How have the past months of battling Amazon, the world’s largest bookseller, affected Hachette sales?

Well, it depends on who you ask, but for certain the effects haven’t been catastrophic. In fact, Hachette posted a modest revenue gain over the first half of last year in its most recent financial report detailing activity in the first six months of 2014.

At the same time, ebook sales in the U.S. fell as a proportion to overall revenue, even as they continue to grow across the industry.

Much more.

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