The worst and the best part about self-publishing is that it allows anyone to publish a book, and according to Bitkom a lot of people are taking advantage of that opportunity.
This German market research firm released a report on Friday which showed that eleven percent of a recent survey group who read ebooks had also self-published their own works.
Based on a survey group consisting of 1,300 subjects, Bitkom reported that 87% of the surveyed ebook users were familiar with the idea of self-publishing, in comparison to 52% of those who read paper books.
The opinions on self-published books were mixed, with 29% saying that the book market was larger and more diverse as a result of self-publishing, and 25% reporting that thanks to self-pub they were able to find more books which correspond to their personal tastes.
On the other hand, 24% of respondents missed the quality control of the publishers, and 15% believed that self-publishing made it possible for too many bad books to reach the market.
And the survey also showed that 11% had self-published their own texts.
Frankly, I'm not sure I believe it. While this could be true, I share the opinion of the commenters on lesen.net that want to know more about the survey group.
That figure certainly isn't impossible, but it is also the first time that I have read a consumer survey which asked that question.
What do you think?
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