Pearson Reports Digital, eBook Revenues Up in First Half of 2013

pearson-logo-on-white[1]The benevolent publishing conglomerate Pearson posted a 6 months earning report today, and digital content is seeing strong growth.

Pearson reports that in the past 6 months:

eBook revenue grew strongly and accounted for 21% of Penguin’s global revenue (19% in 2012), and 33% in the US (31% in 2012).

And that’s not the only digital content that was growing in a down economy. The Financial Times is seeing a rise in digital subscriptions as well as mobile readers. At 343,000 paid subscriptions, digital now accounts for over 60% of the FT’s 604,000 subscriber base. And mobile devices are also growing more important to the FT’s readers:

Mobile readership continued to grow sharply, with over half of all subscriber consumption, more than a third of total page views and 24% of new digital subscriptions coming through mobile devices.

And in other news, Pearson is pleased with the performance of their self-pub sub:

Author Solutions performed well helping more than 13,000 authors to publish titles in the first half of 2013. In February, Penguin India launched Partridge, a new self-publishing imprint, in partnership with Author Solutions.

There was no mention, however, of the ongoing class action lawsuit against Author Solutions which was filed earlier this year.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

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