Digital sales were up 33 percent at Hachette Book Group in 2013. Digital sales now represent 30 percent of the company’s overall business.
Overall, the company saw a 6 percent increase in revenues in 2013, coming off of a difficult year in 2012. In 2013, the company broke its own bestsellers record with 206 print and 84 eBook titles on the New York Times bestseller list, including 52 No. 1 bestsellers.
HBG’s releases for the year included: The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling; The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks; Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson and David Ellis;David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell; The Hit by David Baldacci; and The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
The publisher also announced that Mauro DiPreta will join the company, serving as Vice President and Publisher of Hachette Books, a new publishing division that launches this year. The new imprint will be built on Hyperion’s backlist which HBG acquired in 2013. The division will also publish new titles.