Hachette reports a 'blockbuster' Christmas for e-book sales

Hachette reports a 'blockbuster' Christmas for e-book sales

Hachette has reported a "blockbuster Christmas for e-books", selling more than 100,000 e-books in the UK on Christmas Day, and "many more" in international markets.

The figure echoes that of HarperCollins, which reported selling more than 100,000 e-books in the UK as well as international territories such as Australia and New Zealand.

Hachette UK group head of digital George Walkley said sales leapt by more than 400% on Christmas Day, compared to Christmas Eve, with sales "remaining very strong" throughout the festive period. He described December overall as a "very good month" for e-books.

He said bestselling titles came from across the genres, and included Patricia Cornwell's Red Mist (Little, Brown), Sarah Winman's When God Was a Rabbit (Headline), and Michael Connelly's The Fifth Witness (Orion).

He declined to comment on sales through specific retailers, and said more sales data was still in the process of being collected.