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.”
“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.