Hachette Book Sales Down 4.8% in 2014

By Dianna Dilworth Comment

The Hachette Book Group’s full year net revenues dropped 4.8 percent in 2014 as compared to 2013. The publisher attributed the decrease in revenues to an unusual 2013, “which benefited from releases of films tied to novels published by the Group, and a backdrop of trade tensions with Amazon,” said the company.

Digital sales (which includes eBooks and downloadable audiobooks) made up 30 percent of the publisher’s net sales during the year, down from 33 percent in 2013. eBooks owned 10.3 percent of Hachette Livre’s net sales in 2014.

In 2014, the publisher had 240 titles on The New York Times bestseller list. Book with strong sales in 2014 include: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Target by David Baldacci, The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling), Hope to Die by James Patterson, I am MALALA by Malala Yousafzai.