Danish Ebook Breakthrough?

Our newspaper “Kristeligt Dagblad” have discovered that ebooks are fairly popular in the USA. They predict that ebooks will even have a breakthrough in Denmark. Possibly this year, but if not, surely in 2013. IPads were the most popular Christmas gift under the tree, and all those new users need books for their new gadgets.

Furthermore Saxo.com, Denmark´s largest online bookstore (and my publishing platform), sent out a press release yesterday, announcing that their ebook sales had set new records December the 25th. The total rise during their Christmas sale is 220 per cent compared to the same period in 2011.

And for the first time, a new bestseller sells more ebooks than paperbooks. The book in question is Hanne Beck Hansen´s ´Lasten´ (a crime novel – of course).

Their three-month-old selfpublishing platform cannot compare to Amazon or Smashwords yet, but they seem to be satisfied with their new venture:

“Interessant er det også, at Selvudgivelser er begyndt at trænge sig ind på bestsellerlisten: ”Anna Märklins familiekrønike” af Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen er første e-bog udgivet på SAXO’s selvudgiverplatform, og den er 18. mest solgte e-bog mellem jul og nytår. Tager man hele december måned med er den nr. 21.”

In English:

“It is also interesting that self-published books begin to enter the bestseller lists: “Anna Märklins familiekrønike” by Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen is the first ebook published by Saxo´s selfpublisher platform, and it is the 18th most sold ebook between Christmas and New Year. If you count the whole month of December, it is no 21.”

I should probably point out that as far as I know (I am still waiting for the sales report), this does not mean hundreds of downloads yet, but I am extremely pleased with my ranking among c 6,700 ebooks.

“Anna Märklin” in the company of “Mercy” and Steve Jobs.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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13 Responses to Danish Ebook Breakthrough?

  1. Congratulations, Dorte. That’s fantastic news!

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – I am in awe! Well-done! Hey, everyone! I know Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen! See? I’m already dropping your name ;-). And I really do hope that you’re right about ebooks….

  3. Barbara says:

    I’ve been dropping your name too. I’m really happy for you and the success of your ebooks.

  4. Congratulations! That’s awesome news. And you know, I think ebook sales are really going to continue their rapid rise.

  5. Cathryn: a good start at least 🙂

    Margot: Now I´m squirming in my seat – people from my region of Denmark are not supposed to write so much about their progress, and they are definitely not meant to be ´famous´ 😉

    Barbara: thank you!

    Elizabeth: thank you. And I am sure there will be a real breakthrough in Denmark, I just don´t know exactly when.

  6. Yvette says:

    Don’t have an e-reader, just the Kindle download on my P.C. But I’m still not enjoying reading in this ‘new’ way. I prefer good old fashioned 3-dimensional books. I’m a dinosaur. 🙂

    But I still say, CONGRATULATIONS, Dorte! Well done.

    Is that a pix of your hometown on your header? It looks so quaint and colorful, not to mention beautiful and peaceful.

  7. That is so cool! Congrats. E-books are taking over.

  8. Kelly says:

    Let me add my congratulations! This is great news!

  9. Joanne says:

    Brilliant! It’s definitely a mighty start.

  10. That’s great! Congratulations to you!! Hans Christian Andersen would be proud.

  11. Yvette: I also like paper books, but ebooks have been my great opportunity as a writer, and it seems I picked the right time to publish. No, the header is from a quaint, Scottish town – I chose it when I published “The Cosy Knave” because I felt it struck the right note for a book of that type.

  12. Clarissa: yes, I am sure they are. Even though Americans may think it is nothing that Saxo´s records was 6,000 ebook sales in one day. But as long as some of them are mine…. 😉

    Kelly: it does feel fantastic. Just got a new facebook friend – because she had downloaded my book during the sale.

  13. Joanne: it feels almost unreal – I found my name in another press release yesterday.

    Prashant: haha. Yes, he would be proud, and he would have embraced the new opportunities 🙂

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