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On the heels of the news yesterday that over 20 percent of Random House’s U.S. sales are e-books, Hachette Book Group says that e-books made up 20 percent of its U.S. sales in the first half of this year, up from 10 percent in the first half of 2010.
Hachette Book Group says its e-book revenue is up 115 percent compared to the first half of 2010, although the company did not break out actual sales figures. In addition to the 20 percent in the U.S., e-books now account for 8 percent of trade sales in the UK, up from 4 percent in the first half of 2010.
Hachette’s parent company, Lagardère, reported revenues of €900 million at Lagardère Publishing for the first half of this year (down from €975 million for the first half of 2010), and said that e-books now account for 5 percent of net sales worldwide. “The first half of the year was impacted by the expected decline in sales of the last book in the Stephenie Meyer series, significant progress in e-books in English-speaking countries and solid performances in France by the General Literature and Education segments,” the company said in its release.
Hachette Book Group also sent out a list of its biggest upcoming fall titles, which I’m publishing here in full so that you can check for your faves:
As we look ahead to the Fall 2011 season, HBG will be publishing an outstanding array of titles including Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres, The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks, Zero Day by David Baldacci, Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson by Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson, Lethal by Sandra Brown, Here Comes Trouble by Michael Moore, Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens, Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil MD, The Drop by Michael Connelly, Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson, Every Day A Friday by Joel Osteen, Living Beyond Your Feelings by Joyce Meyer, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman, and Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 2, by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim.