In 2012, Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest surveyed nearly 5,000 authors about a variety of topics, including publishers, self-publishing, agents, ebooks, royalties and more. The results were eye-opening. They were presented at Digital Book World and other conferences (and can be found in full here).
This year, DBW and WD have partnered with Dana Beth Weinberg, a professor of sociology at Queens College in New York, to take a deeper look at authors and what they want – the goal being to help publishers, self-publishing services providers and the authors themselves better navigate the changing business of publishing.
Over 9,000 authors participated in the survey and the results are nothing short of astounding. Here are some of the early findings, with deep analysis from Weinberg:
More results will be presented by Weinberg at Digital Book World 2014.
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The rest of the day’s top news:
The Only Proven Ebook Business Line (The Shatzkin Files)
So far in its short history, the only kind of digital book that has proven itself a large and significant business for a wide variety of publishers is that of “readerly books,” or those that offer mostly words on a page. Illustrated ebooks in particular have yet to develop into a significant business for many. Much more.
New Harlequin CEO (Pub Lunch)
Harlequin publisher and CEO Donna Hayes will be retiring and Harlequin North America chief operating officer Craig Swinwood will replace her.
Amazon Goes Short (DBW)
Amazon’s new imprint StoryFront is dedicated to short fiction and launches with 43 stories; it will also be the home to Amazon’s new literary magazine, Day one.
Kindle Crackles Over Holiday Weekend (DBW)
According to Amazon, this past weekend saw more Kindle e-readers and tablets sold than in any other prior weekend. As per usual, no actual sales figures were included in the announcement.
Indie Authors Make up 25% of Amazon Top 100 (The Guardian)
A quarter of the top-100 best-selling titles on Amazon this year were indie-published. The rise of the indie author continues.
What Makes Amazon Tick?
Already the most important company in all of book publishing, Amazon seems to be getting stronger and more dynamic. Sales of its devices seem to be booming, it continues to press ahead with publishing books and it has a large following of authors as allies. So, what’s next for the e-commerce giant?
Technological Taiwan Lukewarm About Ebooks (Pub Perspectives)
Taiwan may be at the center of Asia’s publishing market, and it may be a very technologically advanced play, but when it comes to ebooks, it’s behind the curve – for now.
Russian Ebook Market Set for Growth (TelecomPaper.com)
According to one local analysis, the ebook market in Russia is set to grow by 51% next year.
Nielsen Re-Org (The Bookseller)
Following its acquisition of Bowker, Nielsen Book has gone through a bit of a personnel reorganization. Details.
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