A 'blockbuster' Christmas for e-book sales
03.01.12 | Charlotte Williams
Hachette has reported a "blockbuster Christmas for e-books", selling more than 100,000 e-books in the UK on Christmas Day, and "many more" in international markets.
The figure echoes that of HarperCollins, which reported selling more than 100,000 e-books in the UK as well as international territories such as Australia and New Zealand.
Hachette UK group head of digital George Walkley said sales leapt by more than 400% on Christmas Day, compared to Christmas Eve, with sales "remaining very strong" throughout the festive period. He described December overall as a "very good month" for e-books.
Over 100,000 HarperCollins UK e-books were downloaded on Christmas Day, the publisher has announced.
HarperCollins said the figure, which covers UK and international territories including Australia and New Zealand, but not the US, was a record high and an increase of over 600% on the daily average title download during the previous month.
The most popular titles downloaded were George R R Martin's Game of Thrones, Confessions of a GP by Dr Benjamin Daniels and Twelve Days of Christmas by romantic comedy novelist Trisha Ashley. Sanctus by Simon Toyne and Midnight by Josephine Cox were also among the strong sellers.
From the Bookseller.com