E-Book Publisher Power Rankings
In the last issue of E-Telligence, our email newsletter we presented some results from three recent e-books surveys. To these, we’d now like to add key findings from a US survey conducted by Digital Book World. The output from the survey is called Ebook Publisher Power Rankings, and its objective is to rank how well each publisher is doing at e-book sales. Its methodology is to look at the 13 weekly US top-25 e-book bestseller lists from the first quarter of 2013 and count how many times each publisher had a title on the list. Obviously, this only provides approximate results in terms of outright numbers of e-books sold, but it still offers some illuminating information. For the first quarter of 2013, the survey lists the following five top-ranking publishers:
- Hachette: 88 appearances
- Random House: 87 appearances
- Penguin: 42 appearances
- Self-published (all authors): 22 appearances
- Macmillan: 18 appearances.
It won’t have escaped notice that self-published books feature prominently here. According to the survey, 7% of all weekly US best-sellers were self-published in the first quarter of 2013 and two no.1 best-sellers in that time, Damaged by H.M. Ward and The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken.
For more information about the survey click here.