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How Publishers' Digital Revenues Stack Up

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Here’s our chart comparing the most recent earnings from a variety of publishers. Not all publishers break out their digital revenues, but I hope more will start to do so.

Publisher (Parent Company)

Date (Earnings Period)

Book Publishing Revenues (Change*)

Digital Revenues (Change*)

Digital As %Age Of Total Book Sales

Release

Simon & Schuster (CBS)

Q3 2011

$220 million (+1%)

Not broken out (“more than doubled”)

17%

HarperCollins (News Corp.)

Q3 2011

Not broken out

Not broken out

N/A. Print books sold in brick-and-mortar stores accounted for 71% of sales in the U.S., 77% worldwide

Penguin (Pearson)

First 9 months of 2011

Not broken out; “level with 2010.” First 6 months of year: ?457 million

Not broken out. First 6 months of year: Up 128%

In first 6 months of year, e-book sales represented 14% of sales worldwide

Harlequin (Torstar)

Q3 2011

C$115.7 million (-1.5% due to foreign exchange rates)

Increased by C$7.5 million

15.8% worldwide

Bloomsbury

6-month period ending 8/31/11

?44.9 million (+16%)

?2.5 (+564%)

5.5% (U.S. and UK)

Scholastic children’s trade books

Q1 2012 (ending 8/31/11)

Children’s trade books: $59.6 million (+10%)

Not broken out

N/A

John Wiley & Sons professional/trade books

Q1 2012 (ending 7/31/11)

Professional/trade books: $100 million (+0.4%)

$11 million (+175%)

11%

Hachette Book Group (Lagardere)

First half of 2011

Lagardere Publishing worldwide (U.S., UK, Australia, France, Spain): ?900 million (-7.7%)

Not broken out

20% (U.S.), 8% (UK); 5% of Lagardere Publishing revenues worldwide

Random House (Bertelsmann)

First half of 2011

Random House worldwide: ?787 million (-0.5%)

Not broken out, but “triple-digit percentage sales growth in e-books”

Over 20% in the U.S.

Hachette Book Group (Lagardere)

Q3 2011

Lagardere Publishing worldwide (U.S., UK, Australia, France, Spain): €601 million (-2.5% on like-for-like basis)

Not broken out

21% (U.S.), 9% (UK)

John Wiley & Sons professional/trade books

12/8/2011 (Q2 2012)

$112 million (-1%)

$9 million (+145%)

8%

release

Sourcebooks

2011

N/A

N/A but up 795% over 2010

28%

release

Hachette Book Group (Lagardere)

Q4 2011

Lagardere Publishing worldwide (U.S., UK, Australia, France, Spain): €537 million (-3.8% on like-for-like basis). Hachette U.S. +12.8%. Hachette UK -4.8%.

Not broken out

20% (U.S.), 10% (UK). Across all of Lagardere in full year 2011, e-books accounted for 6% of total net sales.

release

*Change from same period last year
Sources: paidContent.org, publishers’ financial reports, PublishersWeekly.com
Compiled by Laura Hazard Owen. Updated 1/18/2012