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One EBook Author’s Success Story

I’ve been reading with much interest individual success stories for previously unknown authors who chose to go the eBook route with their novels. One is the account of fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan. His wife tells of his rise to success with the first five books of his Riyria series (which she first published on her own small press–Ridan Publishing 2008-2010). In nine months (January-September 2010) her husband’s income from sales averaged about $1,500 a month (Kindle sales solely), but after the tipping point occurred, he earned more than $102,000 in five months. Continue Reading…

Publishing Predictions for 2012 ~ The Ebook Revolution Continues

Paula Krapf, a blogger with the author marketing expert blog, ended last year with a look at trends that took place in 2010 in the publishing world and giving predictions for 2011. Now that we are into 2012, we can see how these predictions have come true and are gaining steam. The biggest news, according to Krapf, is the explosion of sales of electronic readers, which include devices like Kindle, Nook, and others–and now Google is cashing in on the huge sales with the introduction of its eBookstore. Here are some more statistics showing the growing eBook and electronic reading trends:

  • By the first quarter of 2010, eBooks accounted for 5 percent of the total book sales in the US, according to the Book Industry Study Group. By summer, Amazon.com reported that eBook sales outpaced hardcover book sales: for every 100 hardcover books sold, Amazon sold 143 Kindle books.
  • By late fall, the Association of American Publishers was reporting that eBook sales made up 9 percent of total consumer book sales. Continue Reading…

Eek! EBooks!

We’ve been looking at the explosive trend of eBook distribution and the decline of traditional publishing these last few weeks. I want to share a few more points impacting the old model of publishing and contributing to its downfall. So many forces are tearing it down, and here are a few that Mark Coker, founder of the eBook distribution site Smashwords, mentioned in his eBook seminar:

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