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Amazon sees case for flood defenses in self-publishing tsunami
April 8, 2014 | 2:00 pm

LBF ogo_tues_weds_thurs_330x200You can add one more name to the list of all the companies bemused or overwhelmed by the proliferation of self-publishing: Amazon. Apparently the chief exponent and beneficiary of the trend is feeling a little swamped too - at least according to feedback from the Publishing for Digital Minds conference in London, as reported by Digital Book World, and in Twitter streams from attendees at the event, including Porter Anderson. Amazon is starting to query the use of the term "self-publishing," for one thing. The London Book Fair Twitter feed quoted Jon Fine, director of author and publisher relations at Amazon,...

Amazon ebook sales quandary drives Trefis to Kindles
April 4, 2014 | 12:25 pm

TrefisAmazon's reluctance to reveal precise figures on its ebook sales has caused all kinds of ripples within the book world, and beyond. For one thing, it's been partly responsible for the huge exposure given to Hugh Howey's AuthorEarnings report. And in the case of stock analysis company Trefis, it's driven their team to extrapolate Amazon's ebook sales from sales of Kindle devices, using this to justify their target price of $373 for Amazon's stock, "implying a premium of 10% to the market price." [caption id="attachment_111303" align="aligncenter" width="504"] Source: Trefis[/caption] According to Trefis estimates, "sales of Kindle devices stood at roughly 20 million...

Tim Waterstone says it’s all over, you can go home now
April 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

Read PetiteYes, the ebook revolution is officially over. Sez who? Sez Tim Waterstone, that's who. Who he? A major bookstore chain founder. So it must be twoo... As reported in the UK Telegraph newspaper under the shout line "e-book revolution will soon go into decline," the Waterstone's founder said, during a panel on the future of publishing at the Oxford Literary Festival, that he'd encountered "more garbage about the strength of the e-book revolution than anything else I’ve known," but that in fact "the e-books have developed a share of the market, of course they have, but every indication – certainly from America...

Porter Anderson: The authors are revolting
March 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Well, perhaps that's a little too strong. But veteran ebook/publishing journalist Porter Anderson, over on Thought Catalog, has penned a very interesting and challenging update to his earlier interview with Hugh Howey on author advocacy. It examines the phenomenon of: "A New Voice in the Book World: The Author." Porter Anderson's argument is simply that digital disruption in the book world has led directly to author empowerment - to authors transitioning from passive media assets - albeit sometimes highly volatile ones that required careful handling - into active agents and even competitors of their erstwhile publishing elders and betters. "Of all...

Are self-published e-books a ‘market for lemons,’ or is it just sour grapes?
March 3, 2014 | 4:52 am

The idea of the e-book market as a market for lemons has once again popped up, this time in a post by Sunita on Dear Author. I covered e-books-as-lemons last July when Baldur Bjarnason at Studio Tendra brought it up, though I kind of went way off-track in nitpicking the differences between e-books and cars in that one. I’m better now, really! To review, the idea of a market for lemons is that, when consumers have no way of telling at the outset whether an item is good or bad, the bad items drive the good out of the...

Author Earnings III: The Barnes & Noble report
February 25, 2014 | 2:53 pm

howeychartHugh Howey and his stats guy have again crawled, this time looking at one day’s worth of Barnes & Noble sales data for the top 5,000 genre fiction Nook e-books.  They found a picture similar to their Amazon look, though a bit less skewed in favor of self-publishing. (Perhaps this is because B&N doesn’t have as good a self-publishing program as Amazon? Or because Amazon offers incentive to people to self-publish with Amazon exclusively so more of them do? Howey doesn’t speculate.) Even with this being said, indie-published titles make up over half of the top 5,000 titles, with...

The return of Hugh Howey: Author Earnings Part Two
February 20, 2014 | 1:51 am

50000-unit-sales-by-category1If you were worrying you might run out of traditional-publisher vitriol since it’s been a week since Hugh Howey uncorked a gusher of it with his original post on Amazon web crawl analytics, fear not! Not content to analyze 7,000 genre titles, Howey and his Stats Guy went back and crawled the top 50,000 books on Amazon across all genres and categories for a single day (Febuary 7th) and ran some analyses on that data set (and, naturally, offered up all the raw data for other statisticians to crunch however they like). This time he’s got stats not only...

What is NOT in doubt about Hugh Howey’s Author Earnings report
February 17, 2014 | 6:10 pm

So, self-publishing and traditional-publishing author Hugh Howey published a report on some data he pulled from Amazon and crunched (Paul covered it here), purporting to show some things about the number of self-published books compared to those from traditional publishers. This has touched off a lot of blowback in the last couple of weeks as everyone and their uncle has attacked the data set for not being comprehensive. Howey has some interesting things to say, to be sure. Across 7,000 titles, Howey noticed that those from Big Five publishers tend to have the lowest average star rating, but the...

How Much Attention Should Writers Pay to Hugh Howey?
February 17, 2014 | 12:07 pm

author earningsHugh Howey's report on Amazon author earnings is all the rage, and I have avoided comment on it until now because the coverage of it was just so pervasive that I didn't feel like I had much to add. And then I must have seen one story too many on it. And now, I am fed up. Here is the thing: I like Hugh Howey, the author. I think he writes decent books. I enjoy reading them. Now that he has proven himself to me, the reader, I will probably at least download a sample and check out his future releases....

Morning Links: Books in decline. Or maybe not? Depends on who you read.
February 17, 2014 | 8:41 am

books in declineU.S. Bookstores Decline by 1.3% in 2013 (GoodeReader) The bookselling industry in the United States declined by 1.5% in 2013 and fell 0.5% in December alone. *** 20 Authors Share Tips for Writing Love Scenes (GalleyCat) For those who are crafting fictional romance stories, we’ve collected 20 tips on how to write love scenes. *** Hugh Howey's Revolution (Futurebook) Yet, if anything, Howey is looking at a smaller corner of a much smaller picture. To borrow from his own analogy, it's as if the Cookie Council decided only cookies bought from one particular shop were relevant to its global report, recorded only sales of the chocolate...

DBW recrunch of Hugh Howey AuthorEarnings numbers yields interesting conclusions
February 14, 2014 | 6:10 pm

I already predicted that the groundbreaking survey of online/digital bookselling income and trends put together by the AuthorEarnings site and Hugh Howey would be pored over, reparsed, argued with, and generally chewed up over the next weeks. And one of the first out of the gate is arguably one of the more authoritative and better qualified, as Dana Beth Weinberg, who has been delivering regular publishing analytics for Digital Book World, took her turn at the raw data made available by Howey's site. Party it's a move to answer "the deep animosity many indie authors felt" towards her previous work,...

Hugh Howey explodes your view of publishing with author earnings report
February 12, 2014 | 9:25 am

Author and self-publishing savant Hugh Howey has just released via the AuthorEarnings website his new report on ... well ... author earnings, which moves data capture and overall insight into author sales figures and receipts in the digitally disrupted world of modern publishing up several leagues. As Howey describes it, "I received an email from an author with advanced coding skills who had created a software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize....