‘Divergent’ Keeps HarperCollins Ahead
Just as it was last week, Veronica Roth’s Divergent is at the top of the ebook best-seller list, now for the fourth time this year.
The Divergent series is performing very well for HarperCollins, powered in part by a film based on the first book due to arrive next month. The series’ other two titles are at the fifth and sixth place rankings this week.
HarperCollins saw significant growth in revenue and profit through the end of last year, largely as a result of Roth’s series. That momentum isn’t abating just yet.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
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Amazon: Too Big to Raise Prices? (Forbes)
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Wattpad Adapts to Mobile (The Digital Reader)
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Penguin Grapples With Widening India Controversy (Pub Perspectives)
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Recorded Books Eyes Video, Retools for Library Market (Good E Reader)
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Chrome Reading App Upgraded to Keep EPUB3 Current (Good E Reader)
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