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Patterson becomes first author to sell 1m e-books

8th July 2010

James Patterson has become the first writer to sell more than one million e-books.

According to the US thriller writer's publisher, Hachette Book Group, Patterson has shifted 1.14 million e-books.

The writer, who is responsible for a number of bestsellers, including Private, Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, said: 'Things have really changed in the digital space.'

He claimed that part of the appeal of e-books were the extras which could be included, creating an enhanced user experience.

'If e-books get people who might otherwise not be reading to pick up a book, then that makes me happy,' he added.

Commenting on the digital success of Patterson, David Young, chief executive officer of Hachette Book Group, said: 'This digital publishing milestone proves that James Patterson's creativity defies boundaries and embraces all formats.'

Patterson recently won Author of the Year at the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards for his adventure story Max.

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