First author to sell more than 1 million e-books
Who
James Patterson
What
1140000 unit(s) sold
Where
Not Applicable
When
On 6 July 2010, the Hachette Book Group announced that James Patterson (USA), creator of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club series of novels, was the first author to exceed one million sales in electronic books, moving 1.14 million units of his books for devices like Kindle and the iPad. At the time of the announcement, there was no third-party monitor of e-book sales, so Hachette used its own figures and checked other prominent authors. The publisher didn't find any others who had cracked the million mark. Later that month, Amazon announced that its Kindle store had sold over one million digital copies of the books in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (Sweden).