Self-Published Authors Earning 39% of All Ebook Royalties on Kindle Store

The latest quarterly report from Author Earnings has been published and estimates that self-published authors are now earning nearly 40% of all ebook royalties on the Kindle store.

One of the key objectives of Author Earnings is to help authors spot emerging trends in the world of digital publishing so that they can make the best decisions with their manuscripts. The quarterly reports involve studying data for all of the ebooks ranked on the category bestseller lists at Amazon’s U.S. Kindle Store. Key data considered is the number of ranked titles, the number of unit sales, gross earnings, and authors’ earnings.

Author Earnings July 2014

Other key findings include:

  • Self-published authors now account for 31% of total daily ebook sales regardless of genre.
  • Indie titles without DRM sell twice as many copies each, on average, as those with DRM.
  • On a  lighter note, the myth that self-publishing only works for Erotica is well and truly exposed. In fact both Religious & Inspirational Fiction and Horror are selling better than Erotica.

Check out the full post on this report at Author Earnings.

You can also download the raw data used in the report.

Sony Reader Store to Close on 20 March

It is now more than a month since Sony announced their plan to close the Sony Reader Store  in the U.S. and Canada and it is only a few days until the closure takes place. Here is a quick heads up for those who need to take any further action. It is sad to see […]

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Indie Publishing News RoundUp – 7 Jan 2014

Goodreads 2013

Here is a quick round-up of publishing stories making the news in this first week of 2014. Smashwords is reporting that author revenue was up 33% in 2013, to $20 million from $15 million the year before. There are now 275,000 titles (up 45%) and 83,000 authors (up 42%).   Goodreads almost doubled in size for […]

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The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition, Now Available

I am very pleased to announce the release of “The Indie Author’s Guide to Publishing Ebooks, 2nd Edition“. It also reveals my new strategy, or recommended path, for creating ePub and Mobi formats as easily and painlessly as possible!The first edition was released in December 2011 and has helped many writers to self-publish their own […]

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Kindle Matchbook: Amazon Will Bundle Ebooks With Print


Amazon has announced a new service called Kindle Matchbook where customers can buy discounted ebook versions of print books they purchase or have purchased in the past. “For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases will soon allow you to buy the Kindle edition for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.” Did you […]

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Indie Publishing News Roundup

I’ve been a tad busy, moving between cities, so I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Here is a quick round-up of a few of the biggest stories you might have missed. Department of Justice has won the ebook antitrust case against Apple. The decision in favor of the DOJ by Judge Denise Cote comes […]

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Amazon Announces Winners in 6th Annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Amazon has announced the winners in the sixth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. “Ten thousand entries came in from around the world—the most entries ever in the history of the contest—and after several rounds of judging, Amazon Publishing has selected one winner in each of five categories: general fiction, mystery/thriller, romance, science fiction/fantasy/horror and young adult fiction.” […]

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Barnes & Noble Launches NOOK Press

Nook Press

Barnes & Noble today announced the rebranding of its indie author platform, PubIt!, as NOOK Press, and are promoting the new service as “Self-Publishing Made Simple”. It is intended to be an innovative publishing platform offering authors a fast, easy and free way to write, edit, collaborate and publish ebooks. One of the main objectives is clearly […]

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How to Use Goodreads as an Author


At the end of March Amazon announced that they have reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, so I thought it would be a good time to review how authors can use this web site and social network. Founded in 2007, Goodreads is one of the leading online social networks for book lovers. Members can find […]

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Self-Publishing With Print-On-Demand


In the following YouTube video author Joanna Penn discusses why she has returned to printing books using a Print-on-Demand solution. In addition to explaining why you should be offering a print version Joanna has some good advice on timing. She suggests that you wait a while after your ebook version is published before you do […]

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