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Hachette posts 2009 growth, though US suffers Meyer slowdown Hachette’s book business grew 5.3% in 2009, despite a “sharp slowdown” in the US in the fourth quarter thanks to a decline in sales of Stephenie Meyer’s books.

Full-year revenues for 2009 at the publishing business were €2.3bn, up 5.3% on a reported basis or 6.5% on a like-for-like basis, with the growth largely attributed to the ongoing success of Meyer’s Twilight saga. Hachette UK had a record year “reporting very strong sales for 2009”, a separate statement issued by the UK office added, though it did not break out its sales numbers.

The Hachette Book Group’s fourth-quarter growth was less impressive, up just 0.2% on a like-for-like measure. The result was blamed on a “particularly dynamic” fourth quarter of 2008 when Meyer was riding hight, and in December alone Hachette sold 8m copies of her books.

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Well I’m not that surprised that twilight books are getting low numbers and selling less. I spent half of December on book stores and saw how people would by other books that weren’t based on twilight; it is not that fans are tired of it, it is just that twilight has opened a new door to all these great books. Stephenie Meyer herself has recommended House of Night and the Mortal Instruments series among others. It’s like any other book, fans will keep coming and new ones will discover it soon and everything will start again.

What do you think?