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Tindal Street Press gets double eBook success

  • Date: 14 October 2011
  • Area: Midlands
A front cover of a book showing a girl with long hair

Summer in Ischia. Credit: Tindal Street Press

Tindal Street Press gets double eBook success

Birmingham's independent fiction publisher Tindal Street Press has had a double eBook success, topping the Amazon digital book charts throughout the summer months.

Bone and Cane by David Belbin, a regional crime story set in Nottingham with a 1997 General Election background, attracted eBook reader's attention during May and June when it was a number one bestseller for three weeks. To date this format has sold over 30,000 eBooks. At one point it was the bestselling novel on Amazon in all formats, outselling the number one paperback.

But Tindal Street's biggest success came with That Summer in Ischia which was marketed as the perfect summer beach read. It outperformed all other titles on the Amazon Summer Reads promotion, selling more than 74,000 during the two months of July and August and remaining number one for most of that period.

Summer in Ischia is the debut novel of Liverpool-based Penny Feeny, a mystery in which the events of a kidnapping in 1979 cast a long shadow into the present day.

This eBook success paves the way for successful mass market editions of their books early in 2012.

Publishing Director, Alan Mahar commented: 'We have had most of our books available in eBook format as a matter of course, but sales have usually been small. This summer the clear genre appeal of a regional crime novel and a summer beach romance have reached more readers than we could have expected.

'It's a bonus for us at a time when bookshop sales have been doubly hit by the recession and the digital revolution. '

Tindal Street Press, which was founded in 1998, currently receives regular funding from Arts Council England.

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