For a period of about three years (2014 to 2017) the publishing industry was turned upside down by a pseudonymous market analytics expert called Data Guy. His quarterly Author Earnings Report painted a picture of the ebook market that showed just how much was missed by official sources like PubTrack Digital, Nielsen, etc.
But then early last year the Author Earnings Report site went dormant. All DG would say when queried was that he was working on a major update. That update is going to arrive later today in the form of a new more comprehensive Author Earnings Report that benefits from leveraging the far richer data feed from Data Guy’s company, BookStat.com.
For almost as long as DG has been releasing quarterly reports, he has also been consulting with publishers. Those consulting gigs grew into a company which now has a name and a website.
DG told me by email that he will be keeping a firewall between the two projects. “Bookstat.com is totally separate commercial business from Author Earnings, with an informal agreement to occasionally provide some aggregate data to AE on a pro-bono basis,” he wrote. “Like Bookscan, Bookstat’s customers are generally businesses with at least $10 million in annual revenues, to be able to afford Bookstat.com yearly subscription fees.”
h\t to Mike Shatzkin
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