Pearson issued an unaudited report that sums up its entire 2012 fiscal year. One of the most interesting aspects is that Penguin has stated that ebooks now account for 17% of global revenue. The largest growth was in the US, where ebooks account for over 30%, up from 20% in 2011. The company had worldwide revenues of £6.1 billion (USD $9.2 billion).
John Fallon, chief executive, said: “Pearson has a sound, successful strategy: now we are significantly accelerating its implementation. Trading conditions are tough and structural changes mean many of our traditional publishing activities are under pressure. But the underlying demand for effective education remains immensely powerful and our developing world and digital services businesses have real scale and momentum. The restructuring of the company that we are announcing today is designed to strengthen dramatically Pearson’s position in digital education services and in our most important markets for the future – and to enable us to capture the once-in-a-generation opportunity that comes with being the world’s leading learning company.”
The restructuring John is alluding to is the upcoming merger with Random House, pending authorization from the EU, Australia, and Canada. This will create a massive publishing company that will account for over 1/4 of all published books.
Penguin has a strong publishing list for 2013 with major new books from authors including Khaled Hosseini, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sylvia Day, Nora Roberts, Nathanial Philbrick, and Sarah Dessen in the US, and Jamie Oliver, John Le Carre, Jennifer Saunders, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven D Levitt & Stephen J Dubner, Jeremy Paxman, Jonathan Coe, and John Green in the UK. DK will launch more LEGO titles and Mary Berry’s Cookery Course. New apps for 2013 include Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, I’m Ready to Spell, and Poems by Heart. It looks like there are some solid titles that are surefire New York Times bestsellers.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.