I’ll try to get back with a “real” post later today, but I have to run out of here shortly for a doctor’s appointment and, duh, I forgot to write my post last night. In the meantime, with a hat tip to Cedar Sanderson and J. Michael Antoniewicz II for two of the following links.
E-book sales data, the truth is out there. This is an interesting take on e-book sales and where they really fit into the complete sales picture. The problem, in my opinion, is that the information is still incomplete. The data was gained through publisher submission and doesn’t take into account a number of small and micro-publishers, nor does it take into account self-published authors. In fact, it comes from only those publishers and small presses named in the “Top 50”. So, while it might give a more accurate picture of the place of e-books in the publishing world, it is still an incomplete picture.
How bookshops could be happy ever after: ebooks could provide new revenue stream. Another interesting article. I’m all for getting e-books into our local bookstores. Kris Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith have discussed a number of different ways to do so, including letting authors sell redeemable cards, like gift cards, with codes for e-books on them. The problem is getting both the booksellers and the authors to break out of the normal marketing rut and start thinking outside of the box.
Finally, from Publishers Weekly, comes this article about the top 50 publishers world-wide. Take a look at the sales figures. Now ask why these publishers are still dragging their feet when it comes to adapting to the changing market. Ask yourself why they continue to base their sales figures on the arcane hand-wavium that is BookScan. These figures are no more accurate than the BookScan numbers are. But the trend is there. Revenues are down pretty much across the board. I have my opinions as to why. BookScan numbers being part of it. Another part is the reliance on trend-authors/books. The latest trend was Fifty Shades of Grey. The response has been for publishers to try to bring out books just like the Shades trilogy. One publisher even halted distribution of some of its titles while they redid the covers to look more like the Shades books. The problem is that not everyone wants to read books like that. Another problem is that publishers are cutting loose their workhorses, the mid-list authors, to go after authors who write the trendy books. The issue with that is the trend will have changed by the time these books are published. The mid-listers were guaranteed sales. They were money in the bank. But they were splashy or flashy. So, they were tossed aside and those sales were lost.
So, what are your thoughts? How do we, as authors, get our e-books into our local bookstores? What is the importance of the figures from the publishers? Will it ever stop sleeting at my house?