The press release from Hachette Book Group notes that, "According to the International Digital Publishing Forum’s aggregated data, ebook sales (across the board) have more than tripled over the past year and show no signs of leveling off in the near future, reinforcing what the New York Times Magazine’s cover story on Patterson posited earlier this year: that he’s a writer who has “transformed book publishing,” and continues to do so."
One of the world's biggest-selling print authors as well, Patterson is of course the creator of the Alex Cross series, the Women's Murder Club series, and several other co-authored adult crime thrillers, as well as children's and young adult novels like the Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series. According to the press release, since Patterson's first novel, THE THOMAS BERRYMAN NUMBER, won the Edgar Award in 1977, his books have sold more than 205 million copies worldwide. You can read the full press release, including comments about the influence of digital publishing from Patterson and the CEO of Hachette Book Group, here.
You can read Crime Watch's review of one of Patterson's recent novels, 8TH CONFESSION, where I said "Since co-opting co-authors to help accelerate his sales juggernaut, Patterson’s tales have become mixed, at best (but bestselling regardless) – often formulaic, and never really scaling the excitement heights of his earliest works", here.
What do you think of eBooks? Of James Patterson leading the innovation charge? Thoughts and comments welcome.