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Lagardere Reports eBooks Are 20% of US Adult Trade Sales

Lagardere Publishing, the corporate parent of Hachette, reported that eBooks composed 20 percent of US adult sales in the final quarter of 2011.

Worldwide, sales were down 5.9 percent for the publishing arm of the media conglomerate, publisher of Stephanie Meyer and Nicolas Sparks.

Here’s more from the release: “United States activity grew strongly (+12.8%) on the back of new bestsellers (The Best of Me by Nicolas Sparks, Seriously… I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres), despite problems with distribution networks (bankruptcy of Borders) that lingered on into the fourth quarter. The e-books growth continued in the fourth quarter, mainly in English-speaking countries: in the United States and United Kingdom e-books accounted for 20% and 10%, respectively, of Adult Trade at the end of December 2011.” (Via Jose Afonso Furtado)

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Twilight as an 8-Bit Nintendo Video Game

What if Stephenie Meyer had published her Twilight in the mid-1980s? We would have all grown up playing the 8-Bit Nintendo video game version of the movie!

In the satirical YouTube video embedded above, you can see a clip from a Twilight: Eclipse video game from this alternate universe. What do you think?

Here’s more from the YouTube page: “Will Bella end up with Edward or Jacob? Find out in Twilight: Eclipse in this 8-Bit Interactive! Created by The Station Written, Directed and Executive Produced by Benny & Rafi Fine.” (Via Figment)

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Hachette Begins Transition to Agency Model; Some Buy Buttons Not Activated on Amazon

hachette.jpgToday Hachette Book Group officially transitioned to an agency model for digital book sales, writing a letter to authors and agents explaining the change. As of this writing, buy buttons for many Hachette eBooks are not available on Amazon.

UPDATE: A previous version of this post linked to an out-of-print book. You can follow the new link to check the availability of the Kindle editon. You can check availability of Hachette eBooks on Amazon by clicking on this link to Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer. GalleyCat has obtained a copy of the email, including a reference to possible “some short-term interruption in the availability of our eBooks” as the transition begins.

The email explained: “As we announced in February, starting on April 1, 2010, all eBook titles published by Hachette Book Group will be sold directly to consumers by means of third party agents. This agency model allows us to make more titles available to more consumers on more platforms. We are pleased to let you know that we have made arrangements with most of our eBook distributors to operate under this model.”

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