Le Livre de Poche, in which Hachette Livre has a 60% stake and Albin Michel 40%, is the number one paperback publisher in France, with more than a billion books sold since it was founded in 1953. The strongest asset of the imprint, which includes titles from third-party publishers, is the diversity of its catalog, which appeals to a wide variety of readers. Le Livre de Poche publishes a broad range of literature, from classics (Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, Georges Simenon and Boris Vian) to contemporary bestsellers, both French (Laetitia Colombani, Virginie Despentes, Laurent Gounelle, Virginie Grimaldi, Pierre Lemaitre, Guillaume Musso, Valérie Perrin, Aurélie Valognes, Delphine de Vigan) and foreign (Dan Brown, Michael Connelly, Ken Follett, Lisa Gardner, Mary Higgins Clark, Victoria Hislop, Stephen King, Anna Todd and many others). Le Livre de Poche also publishes practical guides, essays and reference works (Dale Carnegie, Frédéric Saldmann, Frédéric Lenoir, Michelle Obama, Simone Veil), as well as new texts by authors from its catalog, and now has some thirty French and foreign authors published directly via its Préludes imprint. Nearly 1,000 titles are currently available as ebooks.