Indie Authors Are Getting Clobbered by Big Name eBook Discounts – But Not For The Reason You Think

If you’ve ebook-best-seller-pricing-aug-2012-to-nov-2013[1]been following ebook news over the past 6 months then you’ve noticed that ebook prices have tended to drop. In fact, the average prices of ebook bestseller lists have shown a fairly consistent downward trend for the past year as more and more titles exit agency price controls and enter the free market. Continue reading

If the eBook Market is Flattening Out Then Why Are eBook Sales Up at HarperCollins and Hachette?

Ask anyone 6674163381_f541b306f9[1]from DBW to Nick Carr to the BISG and they’ll insist that the ebook market is leveling out here in the US, but something tells me that the major publishers didn’t get the memo.

Two different major publishers have reported in the past couple days that their ebook revenues have increased in the past quarter, and I would say that tends to cast a lot of doubt on the idea that ebooks have leveled off. Continue reading

HarperCollins Reports Revenues Down, eBook Revenues Up – a Sign That the eBook Market Hasn’t Flattened

The newly reorganized NewsCorp released a quarterly statement today, and the news from their publishing house is mixed.

HarperCollins reported that revenues for  the quarter ending  on 30 September were down 7% to $328 million as compared to the same period last year. EBITDA (earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization), however, rose 8% to $43 million. Continue reading

By The Numbers: Indie Publishing Really Does Have an Issue with Porn

When thebow chicka wow wow mainstream media made indie publishing into a synonym for pornography last week I was both appalled and infuriated. Many sites, including The Daily Mail and The Kernel, were reporting on the news less because it was news and more for the tabloidistic shock value.

But as annoying as that may be, today I am going to have to admit that there was more than a grain of truth in the reports. It’s not just media hype; indie publishing has a porn problem. Continue reading

One Publisher’s Revenue Snapshot Suggests That Amazon Doesn’t Dominate the French eBook Market

french ebook marketIf you’ve been following digital publishing news for more than 20 minutes then you probably know that the Kindle Store has the biggest market share of the global ebook market.

And if you’ve been following digital publishing news for long enough you may have also heard someone say that Amazon doesn’t dominate every market nearly as well as well as in the US. Kobo, for example, has a larger share in Canada, and it’s been said that Amazon’s share of ebook markets outside of Europe and the US is actually negligible. Continue reading