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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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Doors to Publishing That Were Never Open Before

Last week, Mark Coker, founder of the eBook distributions site Smashwords, posted a blog summarizing his company’s performance over 2011 and made some observations on the explosive trends happening now in the eBook world. Coker started Smashwords only four years ago as a means to change the way books were published, marketed, and sold. He says, “I believed authors should have the freedom to publish directly to their readers without the interference of publishing gatekeepers. My ideas were not unique. The great Dan Poynter has been evangelizing the virtues of self-publishing for over 30 years.”  Now, at the end of 2011, Smashwords has more than 92,000 titles published, up from 28,800 at the end of last year. Continue Reading…

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