04. January 2012
The business of electronic book (E-book) is a growing business around the world and earning millions for its authors.
An e-book is a book-length publication in digital form, consisting of text, images, or both, and produced on, published through, and readable on computers or other electronic devices. Sometimes the equivalent of a conventional printed book, e-books can also be born digital.
The Oxford Dictionary of English defines the e-book as “an electronic version of a printed book,”but e-books can and do exist without any printed equivalent. E-books are usually read on dedicated e-book readers.
According to reports, noted novelist James Patterson has already earned five million in sales for his e-books that were sold online. The Hachette Book Group which distributes the books of Patterson online said the e-books of the author is fast selling online since it was first released.
It can be recalled that Patterson hit the million mark for e-books in July 2010. Sources said aside from e-books the hardcover and paperback sales of Patterson’s work is also earning well as it already sold 4.7 million copies, as tracked by Nielsen BookScan, which compiles around 75 percent of the non e-book market.
Patterson is largely known for his series about American psychologist Alex Cross. He also wrote the Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, and Witch & Wizard series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, nonfiction and romance novels.