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