Big Numbers for Bestsellers Show E-Books Are Here to Stay

November 12, 2010  |  

(Daily Finance) — Former President George W. Bush’s new book Decision Points was widely expected to be one of the biggest books of the fall, and based on its opening-day sales numbers — more than 220,000 copies sold — that’s proving to be the case. But what’s particularly eye-popping about those figures is not that Bush’s book was Random House’s best-selling non-fiction title in 16 years (when another former President, Bill Clinton, moved 400,000 copies of his autobiography My Life on its first day of sale) but that 50,000 of those sales came from e-books.  “It shows the digital market’s rapid growth,” spokesman David Drake of the Crown Publishing Group, the Random House division that published Decision Points, told the Associated Press. Considering that e-sales accounted for more than 20% of the total, “rapid growth” is an understatement.

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