‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Leads Penguin Random House Successes

imagesWith The Fault in Our Stars movie continuing its strong run at the box office, the John Green novel of the same name is hanging onto No. 1 position on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.

For Penguin Random House, the title’s success is no outlier. On this week’s list, 14 of the 25 titles ranked belong to the world’s biggest publisher.

That’s 56% of all best-selling ebooks in the past week–evidence of Penguin Random House’s size and scope in the industry following last year’s merger.


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Apple Settles Ebooks Suit (WSJ)
Apple has settled a civil class-action lawsuit and will pay an undisclosed amount to consumers. They were seeking $840 million.

PRH’s Crown Goes Direct (DBW)
Book bloggers will now be able to get advanced reading copies directly from Penguin Random House’s Crown division directly from the publisher.

Oyster Expands to Android (DBW)
The ebook subscription service is bringing its 500,000 ebook offering for about $10 a month to millions more by jumping on the Android platform.

Hachette UK Re-Orgs Sales (Pub Lunch)
The company will divide its sales efforts into two divisions, one focusing on Little, Brown and Orion and the second on Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, Hachette Children’s Books and Quercus.

Bad Ebook Metadata Making Money (DBW)
A story of how confusion among readers gave one author a windfall she didn’t expect. At the same time, it had unintended negative consequences. Metadata resources.

Wiley Exceeds Expectation (Pub Lunch)
The remade global knowledge company had higher revenues and profits than expected in the fourth quarter and it brought in nearly $1.8 billion in sales for the full year.

Kobo’s New Windows Phone Reading App (The Digital Reader)
Kobo joins Kindle in the lonely Windows Phone ecosystem as one of the few ebook reading apps.

Collaborative Writing (PW)
Mary Higgins Clark will write a novel collaboratively with Alafair Burke, which will revisit the world of Clark’s best-selling title I’ve Got You Under My Skin. Sounds Wattpad-inspired.


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