The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ebook sales dominate 1st Quarter

According to the London Evening Standard, the publisher of the popular book and movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had 25% of their ebook sales attributed to that one particular work. Quercus is the publisher of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and their chief executive officer Mark Smith said that he believes all of their e-book sales will make up between 17 and 20% of gross book sales in the calendar year 2012.

“People are buying more because it’s so convenient,” said Smith.

With that said, Smith also explained that the ebook sales do tend to be seasonal, with a majority of sales coming around Christmas time and the subsequent three months.

 

 

A Writers’ Bill of Rights?

Earlier this week the Writers’ Union of Canada released “A Writer’s Bill of Rights for the Digital Age.” The 12-point document addresses concerns and challenges writers face due to the changing publishing landscape, as the industry transitions from a traditional to digital model.

Demands include that “the publisher shall split the net proceeds of ebook sales equally with the author” and that “when a book is out of print in print form, continuing sales in electronic form shall not prevent a rights reversion to the author.” Author Greg Hollingshead, chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, answered some questions about the bill of rights… READ MORE