Conclusions from Author Earnings, January 2015

Rather interesting numbers, thanks to Nicholas for sharing!

* 33% of all paid ebook unit sales on Amazon.com are indie self-published ebooks.

* 20% of all consumer dollars spent on ebooks on Amazon.com are being spent on indie self-published ebooks.

* 40% of all dollars earned by authors from ebooks on Amazon.com are earned by indie self-published ebooks.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember that I study Hugh Howey’s and Data Guy’s quarterly Author Earning Reports religiously, so that I can offer you the highlights. The Passive Guy alerted me to the January 2015 report (if you don’t already subscribe to his free newsletter, The Passive Voice, I urge you to do so – he’s one of the greatest resources for publishing-related information I have found so far).

Now that everyone’s been properly credited for their hard work, what nice things can we gleam from the latest report?

Gimme the Highlights

  • AuthorEarnings reports analyze detailed title-level data on 33% of all daily ebook sales in the U.S.
  • 30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use ISBN numbers and are invisible to the industry’s official market surveys and reports; all the ISBN-based estimates of market share reported by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen are wildly wrong.
  • 33%

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