Bloomsbury ebook sales up 70%; Churchill Archive launched
July 11, 2012 | 8:44 am
By Paul Biba
From the press release:
The Group is trading in line with management’s expectations. In the three months ended 31 May 2012, Bloomsbury’s global ebook sales were up 70% year on year, with this variance significantly exceeding the effect of the 2% fall in print sales for the same period. The Association of American Publishers has reported that ebook sales in the US, for the first calendar quarter of 2012, have exceeded hardback sales and that overall there continued to be an increase in total sales across all formats for adult books. The rate of growth in ebook sales for young adult and children’s books in the US now exceeds that for Adult.
Major best sellers in the period were Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday!, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2012, Double Cross by Ben MacIntyre, Heston at Home by Heston Blumenthal and Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward.
In June, the Churchill Archive, http:/www.churchillarchive.com, was launched online following a two year digitisation process. This online subscription archive is a remarkable and comprehensive collection of Churchill’s writing of over 800,000 pages. We have already seen considerable interest in subscriptions from research centres, museums, universities and public libraries both in the UK and overseas.