E-book sales are “far out-stripping even the most ambitious industry predictions”
Markus Dohle, chief executive of the worldwide Random House / Bertelsmann group, has reported triple-digit-percentage growth in digital-publishing sales, up 250% from the previous year. According to the company, some US fiction titles now have as much as half of their first-weeks sales in the e-book format.
The messages are clear here:
- it is publishing globally, though with local expertise
- it is investing in new emerging technologies, including apps and enhanced content
- and is working to keep the established supply chain profitable
Marcus Dohle started an e-book offensive that will make thousands of additional Random House titles available in digital form. “The digital age is now. E-books are the format of choice for a steadily growing group of people who like to read books on a screen,” believes the Random House CEO.