Faber and Transworld dominate e-book sales, says Foyles

<p>E-books from Transworld and Faber are dominating the charts at Foyles, and doing so largely because of the bibliographic data provided by the publishers, the retailer claims. </p><p> At yesterday&#39;s (28th June) Inpress Digital Conference, held at Foyles bookshop on Charing Cross Road, London, Julia Kingsford, head of marketing at Foyles, revealed the top ten selling e-books at Foyles since November 2009. </p><p>The chart was topped by <em>The Book Thief </em>by Markus Zusak (Doubleday/Transworld), and also included titles from stablemate authors Dan Brown (Bantam), John O&#39;Farrell (Black Swan) and Terry Pratchett (Corgi). Faber also scored well, although only one - Paul Auster&#39;s <em>Brooklyn Follies</em> - had made it into the top 10. <br /><br />Kingsford explained these two publishers, through metadata, had provided more bibliographic information with e-books making it easier to sell them. </p><p>&quot;The publishers did a really really good job of making the e-books, making it easier for the retailer to sell and making it easier for the customer to buy,&quot; she said. </p><p>The main exceptions to this were two Booker Prize winning novels: Hilary Mantel&#39;s <em>Wolf Hall </em>(Fourth Estate), which picked up the award last year, and Yann Martel&#39;s<em> Life of Pi</em> (Canongate), which received the accolade in 2002. </p><p>Kingsford urged publishers to build on the number of titles available digitally, saying there was still an &quot;awful lot of room&quot; in the market. &quot;The more smaller publishers that can make their titles available the happier we&#39;ll be,&quot; she said.<br /><br />Foyles e-book sales still only account for 1-2% of the retailers overall value sales. Despite this Kingsford said she was &quot;incredibly excited&quot; about the e-market and said the future of bookselling would be about allowing people to read books however they want to access them. </p><p>However, she added: &quot;We are very much of the feeling we haven&#39;t reached a tipping point yet... we haven&#39;t had that iPod moment yet.&quot;<br /><br />Kingsford flagged up price as an ongoing &quot;challenge&quot;. She added: &quot;Customers are loath to pay [the same] price for a book that doesn&#39;t sit on the shelf.... it&#39;s something that is going to rumble on for some time, until we figure out what customers are happy paying.&quot;<br /><br />Foyles Top 10 e-books since November 09<br /><br />1. <em>The Book Thief </em>by Markus Zusak (Doubleday/Transworld)<br />2. <em>Wolf Hall </em>by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)<br />3. <em>The Lost Symbol</em> by Dan Brown (Bantam Press)<br />4. <em>Brooklyn Follies </em>by Paul Auster (Faber)<br />5. <em>An Utterly Impartial History of Britain </em>by John O&#39;Farrell (Black Swan)<br />6. <em>Life of Pi </em>by Yann Martel (Canongate)<br />7. <em>Making Money</em> by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)<br />8. <em>The Fifth Elephant</em> by Terry Pratchett (Corgi)<br />9. <em>Train to Trieste</em> by Domnica Radulescu (Black Swan)<br />10. <em>To Heaven by Water </em>by Justin Cartwright (Bloomsbury) </p>