Open eBook Forum Announces Top Selling eBooks of 2004

Jan 14, 2005


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The Open eBook Forum has released its annual list of Top Selling eBooks. At the same time, the industry reported continued growth, with eBook revenues for the third quarter of 2004 up 25% and eBook units sold up 11% over the same quarter in 2003. The bestseller list and quarterly eBook Statistics Report were both released by the Open eBook Forum (OeBF), an international non-profit trade and standards organization for the electronic publishing industry. The organization is supported by membership dues and the support of Adobe Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, OverDrive, Inc., and eReader.com. An OeBF member list and membership information can be found on the OeBF Web site.

The OeBF 2004 eBook Bestseller List includes the bestselling eBooks reported from eBook retailers and distributors including eBooks.com, eReader.com, Fictionwise.com, Mobipocket.com and OverDrive. The top 10 bestselling eBooks were: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (Doubleday - $14.95), Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (PocketBooks - $6.99), Deception Point by Dan Brown (PocketBooks - $6.99), Digital Fortress by Dan Brown (St. Martin's Press - $5.99), Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear (Del Rey - $6.99), Holy Bible, New International Version - International Bible Society (Zondervan - $14.99), I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (Spectra - $4.99), Electronic Pocket Oxford English Dictionary & Thesaurus Value Pack (Oxford University Press - $19.95), Darwin's Children by Greg Bear (Del Rey - $6.99), and Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (Merriam-Webster - $25.95) The full 30 bestsellers for 2004 can be found on the OeBF Web site at www.openebook.org/bestseller/year04.htm. A detailed report of the full survey findings and archived reports from 2002, 2003, and 2004 are available to OeBF Members only and companies who contributed to the reports.

Publishers and retailers that contributed to the 3rd quarter 2004 survey are: eBooks.com; Elib; Ellora's Cave Publishing, Inc.; eReader.com; Fictionwise, Inc.; Franklin Electronic Publishers; Hard Shell Word Factory; HarperCollins; Holtzbrinck Publishers; Houghton Mifflin Company; Laridian, Inc.; McGraw-Hill Professional; Mobipocket.com; Numilog; OverDrive, Inc.; Pearson Education; powells.com; RAND Corporation; Random House; Simon & Schuster; Stonehouse Press; Time Warner Book Group and Zondervan. The statistical reports released by the OeBF represent aggregate statistics submitted by reporting companies and does not represent the entire eBook publishing and retail industries. Participating companies that report to the program vary quarter by quarter and the report reflects this variability.
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