“Lagardére, parent company of book publisher Hachette, and Bertelsmann, parent company of book publisher Random House, both announced financial results for the first six months of 2013.
Of the two, Lagardère provided more detail on digital results:
- Digital made up 11.3 percent of Lagardère Publishing’s net sales worldwide, compared to 8.4 percent a year ago.
- Ebooks now account for 34 percent of adult trade book sales in the U.S., compared to 27 percent last year, and 31 percent in the U.K., up from 22 percent last year.
- In France, digital sales are much smaller, though growing: Ebooks accounted for 3.2 percent of adult trade book sales there, up from 1 percent last year.
There’s less digital stuff from Bertelsmann. The company just noted that at Random House Germany, digital now accounts for 10 percent of revenues. Worldwide the figure is around 20 percent.”