From the press release:
In December, international-bestselling author Seth Godin and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced a new publishing imprint, The Domino Project–the first to use Amazon’s new “Powered by Amazon” publishing program. Now Godin and Amazon are unveiling the first book–written by Godin–from The Domino Project, “Poke the Box,” which will be published worldwide on March 1. Continue reading
He just posted some interesting numbers over on his blog:
Since 2004, Whiskey Sour has sold about 60,000 copies in print and ebooks. That’s earned me about $54,000 not including foreign sales. (Not bad considering I got a $33k advance for it.)
Compare those numbers to The List.
In six years, I’ll have sold 108,396 copies. Almost double what Whiskey Sour has sold. And I’ll have earned over $200k–almost four times what I earned with Whiskey Sour.
I’d hope that this has the Big 6 worried. He’s a solid mid list author who can prove that he’s better off without them. They’d better come up with a pretty damn good reason why other mid list authors actually need a publisher. Otherwise, they’re screwed.
From the Smashwords blog:
Oh, wow. After I finished the previous post about how the number of self-published books is exceeding the number traditionally published books, I clicked over to the Smashwords home page to discover our word counter ticked past 500 million when I wasn’t looking.
Six months ago, I set a crazy goal for Smashwords to publish one billion words by the end of 2010. I called the challenge our Billion Word March. At the time, we had just published our 150 millionth word.