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Random House Updates BookScout Facebook App

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Random House has updated BookScout, the publishing house’s digital Facebook discovery tool, adding new social sharing features and optimizing for tablets.
Readers can now add their BookScout activity to the “Books” section of their Facebook timelines. In addition, the app features new sharing and discovery options such as “What’s Popular Among Your Friends” and “Share To My Timeline.” The update also includes optimization for tablets, so that readers can more easily use the app while on these devices.
Random House launched the app back in January as a tool to help readers discover books and share these finds with their friends. Since then, more than 4,200 Facebook members have used the app. Users have added more than 27,000 books to their BookScout shelves and have “Liked” more than 21,000 titles.

Random House eBook Sales Increase 300% In First Half Of 2010

Random House U.S. eBook sales increased 300% in the first half of the year, and comparably in Germany and UK.

According to a press release from media conglomerate Bertelsmann, which owns Random House, revenues for the publisher grew from €733 million (about $1 billion), for the first six months of 2009 to €790 million (about $1.08 billion) for the same period this year.

In the first half of the year, Random House had 138 New York Times bestsellers, including the Stieg Larsson Millennium trilogy, which sold 6.5 million print and eBooks in the U.S. and Germany during the half year.

Via TeleRead.

HarperCollins CEO Says eBooks Make Up 9% Of Sales

Over the summer, Random House Chief Executive Markus Dohle told the German Magazine Der Spiegel that he expects eBooks to contribute to more than 10% of its U.S. revenue next year.  And now, HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray is sharing some numbers which sound similar.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Murray told a panel at the Frankfurt Book Fair yesterday that eBooks made up about 9% of HarperCollins’ total revenue this year.

PW has more: ”…but when that number was adjusted to filter out things like children’s books or other materials not easily consumed digitally, closer to 20% of trade title revenue was now derived from e-books.”