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More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis
June 6, 2015 | 2:59 am

I've been thinking some more about the 'author income' crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread's Canadian news first because I am local so I see it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say when he posted. And three days later, I am still mulling. Here is my issue. I have always found it to be a flawed assumption that 'writing' is, firstly, a clearly defined occupation, and secondly, one which should assure its practitioners a solid career path, per se....

Amazon says it would be content with 30% of revenue if Hachette e-books were $9.99
July 29, 2014 | 8:42 pm

Amazon has posted another update to its Kindle user forum, dispensing more information about the nature of the dispute between itself and Hachette. In fact, this is pretty much the clearest statement of what the actual argument covers that we have yet seen from either side, including those Hachette leakers. (And, interestingly enough, it doesn’t actually agree with some of the content of those leaks! Imagine that?) I haven’t looked for any reactions yet, but I predict the same howls of outrage we got with Amazon’s last such announcement in May, from Hachette partisans complaining that Amazon didn’t have...

July Author Earnings report surveys DRM, genre sales
July 18, 2014 | 3:34 am

ae-julyHugh Howey and Data Guy have done it again, producing another interesting report on a sample of data scraped from Amazon. The July report re-runs the numbers for their main chart based on the new data, then branches out into a couple of interesting new measurements—including one that I specifically asked for back in May. The main measurements show basically incremental change from the last few reports, In terms of daily revenue to authors (taking into account royalty percentages from publisher sales and Amazon revenue percentages from self-published works), Big Five authors take 37% of total Amazon daily revenue...

What to pay for e-books: a formula
June 5, 2014 | 3:23 pm

I’ve seen people make estimates of what they thought was the right amount to pay for an e-book, but I can’t say I’ve seen one actually put it into an equation before. But Ramzi Amri, an MD/PhD candidate in Surgical Oncology, has. He wrote up an answer on Quora including the following mathematical formula for determining how much he was willing to pay for an e-book: If an ebook has a price, in dollars, below the value of Beta, I'd consider buying it. t= time (in minutes) it would...

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 highest average...

French ‘Three Strikes’ law fails to cut piracy
January 23, 2014 | 7:32 pm

Remember that French “three strikes” law, Hadopi? Ars Technica reports that a recent study has shown that it has had no significant effect in getting people to stop downloading content illicitly.  In the survey of 2,000 French Internet users, 37.6% admitted to illicit downloading. Those who knew about the Hadopi monitoring were no less likely to download illicitly, though there was a slight (but “insignificant”) decrease in the intensity of their downloading. (And the people who knew it was monitoring thought it was monitoring more than it really was!) There was a slight bump in sales, but that was considered...

What do Amazon’s book stats really mean? Nobody knows for sure
August 21, 2013 | 10:09 am

AmazonNote: Media observer Dan Bloom wonders, like a lot of people, just what Amazon's popular and must-see book stats really mean. His opinion here reflects his own personal hunch about how things operate in the shop that Jeff Bezos runs. Comments welcome below, pro and con. The next time you read in a press release or newspaper that a certain book "has been propelled to the top 100 rankings among paid Kindle titles on," think again. What does that really mean? And the next time you hear that a certain book "has been propelled to  the top 100 rankings among...

Latest Nielsen UK figures show slowing e-book market, still overtaking paperbacks in 2014
July 24, 2013 | 4:09 pm

e-bookThe latest UK Nielsen BookScan newsletter for July 2013 showed a continuing decline in print book sales by 5.6 percent in value and 6.1 percent in volume, based on year-on-year sales for the 24 week period to mid-June 2013, with a total value of £538.6 million. But according to the same report: "Nearly 8.5 million adults, 18% of the population, have bought at least one e-book. But fewer new entrants are coming to the market. The March total of 227,000 is down on the same period in 2012, and 48,000 fewer than the four-week average since the start of 2011." From the report: "Acquiring an...

The bread machine effect: Why it doesn’t matter if most people prefer print
July 21, 2013 | 1:09 pm

breadmachineIs there an e-book backlash? A couple of polls have come out, one on the UK side of the big pond and the other in America, professing to indicate that most people still prefer paper books. The one from the UK is cited in an article in the Sunday Times, which I couldn’t read since it’s paywalled, but a summary on the Mobileread forum gives the pertinent details. Asked which they preferred, 17% said they preferred an e-reader and 65% paper books. 32% of those polled owned an e-reader. The provenance of the poll is unclear. (There are also...

Survey shows Chinese still don’t want to pay for e-books
July 19, 2013 | 2:58 pm

ChinaStill don’t want to pay for e-books? You're not alone. A recent survey in China shows that many Chinese readers still have not bought e-books. The survey, which was conducted by OpenBook Co., found that just one in every four Chinese residents have paid for an e-book, the same ratio it found in 2010 when the survey was last conducted, according to Xinhua, an online Chinese news magazine. More than 8,000 people took the survey. The digital divide may be growing even bigger in China. From the article: "Of the 3,561 respondents polled at bookstores this year, seven times more people have never paid for...

Sutton Trust report rams home the great Brit divide in international reading levels
July 15, 2013 | 1:05 pm

readingPity poor Britain. A G8 power, sixth largest economy worldwide according to IMF GDP figures, nuclear-armed, permanent member of the UN Security Council—and a permanent dunce in global education rankings; above all, if you're poor. A just-released research report, "The Reading Gap," from the Sutton Trust, a UK foundation "set up in 1997, dedicated to improving social mobility through education," demonstrates "the gap in achievement between high achieving boys from disadvantaged backgrounds and their better off peers." According to the report, by Dr. John Jerrim of the Institute of Education at the University of London: "England’s gap in international reading tests between high...

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