Supernatural sales as ebooks beat hardbacks

Orion Publishing has seen a title’s ebook beat hardcover sales for the first time with Ben Aaronovitch’s supernatural crime novel Broken Homes.

The book is the latest in the popular PC Peter Grant series of supernatural London-based crime novels. The title sold 8,064 ebooks in the week of publication compared with 5,194 hardbacks, according to Nielsen BookScan. In its second week, 2,500 hardbacks were sold while ebook sales totalled 3,500.

The ebook is priced quite highly at £7.49 on, where it is at No 194 in the overall paid Kindle best-selling list, second in the category of urban fantasy and eighth in the categories of fantasy and contemporary fantasy. The hardcover is priced at £14.99 but is available for £8.69 on

The series is published by Orion’s science fiction and fantasy imprint Gollancz and was recently optioned for TV.

All four titles from the Peter Grant series, Rivers of London, Moon over Soho, Whispers Under Ground and Broken Homes, have now sold over 400,000 copies across all formats.