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Sales of James Patterson e-books top 3 million

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NEW YORK (AP) - James Patterson is an e-book mega-seller.

The Hachette Book Group announced Wednesday that e-sales for the prolific author of such blockbuster series as "Maximum Ride" have topped 3 million, with 2 million coming just in the last 11 months. Patterson releases several books a year, many of them top sellers.

The e-book market has surged in 2011, thanks to the popularity of such devices as Amazon.com's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

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