Spooky Self-Publishing Statistics and Trends 2014

Happy October, everyone! In honor of this month, I’ll be sharing Halloween-themed posts each week. Today, I’ll start with some self-publishing and industry statistics and trends from the most recent data available. The information may shock you, but don’t be afraid; just keep reading.

  • The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the e-books on Amazon’s bestseller lists.
  • Self-published books now represent 31% of e-book sales on Amazon’s Kindle Store.
  • Indie authors are earning nearly 40% of the e-book dollars going to authors.
  • Readers prefer longer e-books. The bestselling books tend to be over 100,000 words.
  • Series books outsell standalone books.
  • Pre-orders give authors a sales advantage.
  • Non-fiction earns more at higher prices.
  • The number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007.
  • Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.
  • Self-published books’ share of the UK market grew by 79% in 2013.
  • In the UK, print sales fell by 10% last year and book purchasing as a whole was down 4%,  but ebook sales continue to grow.

Being knowledgable of book industry and self-publishing trends and statistics can help you make important decisions as a self-publishing author.

I’d love to know, how do these statistics impact your plans as a self-publishing author?

ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.

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