Hugh Howey and someone known as Data Guy have been using Amazon rankings to get a glimpse of how indie published books and authors are doing compared to the Big [insert decreasing number here].
Their latest report came out today. I’m not going to parse the whole thing. You can read it for yourself here. It contains some very interesting information on the effect DRM has on sales. (Spoiler: it can really hurt sales. Check the graph.)
What I am going to do is point out something that might be of interest to readers of this blog, and that’s the percentage of sf/f ebooks sold on Amazon that are indie published. Here’s the graph from Author Solutions:
As you can see, over half the sf/f books are indie published. Keep in mind these are ebooks only and the data is from Amazon only. Still, that says something. What the main houses are publishing is either not to the liking of the majority of readers with Kindles or Kindle apps, too expensive compared to the prices on indie books, or both.
For over a year and a half now, I’ve been reviewing indie published titles at Amazing Stories. I was reviewing indie titles here long before that, and I still do.
Barnes & Noble sent me a coupon today. I could hardly find anything I was interested in when I dropped by the store earlier this evening. The review copies from some publishers had something to do with that. Several titles I would have bought were already in the queue.
Still, I think the more exciting stuff is what’s not being filtered through New York. The data released today at Author Solutions indicates that I’m not the only one.
What do you think?