Author Earnings Data Supports DBW Findings

shutterstock_47891422Hugh Howey unveiled his Author Earnings report this week to significant buzz. But the data doesn’t contradict what Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest have discovered about the publishing landscape today.

In response to some calls within the indie community, Authors Earnings emphasizes self-publishing success stories, but a closer look at its data using basic analytics suggests greater limits to the conclusions that can be drawn from it.

Contrary to Howey’s stated suspicions, Author Earnings does not convincingly indicate error or bias in other recent surveys. Instead, it supports the finding that it’s still tough going for many self-published authors.

Much more, including a chart and in-depth analysis of the numbers.

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The rest of the day’s top news:

Oyster Joins Disney to Launch Kids Vertical (Gigaom)
Following hot on the heels of ventures like Epic!, the ebook subscription start-up brings in about 100 Disney titles for a new section devoted to children’s content.

Related: Time for Ebook Subscriptions for Children’s Titles

Will Nook Follow Kindle to Brazil? (The Digital Reader)
There’s indication that Barnes & Noble may be hatching plans to open the Nook Store in Brazil, just as Amazon makes a play for the country’s ebook market.

Study Finds Amazon Prime Is Overvalued (Pub Lunch)
UBS downgrades the e-tailer’s stock after determining Amazon may not be able to hike price of Prime from $20 to $40, as it has considered doing.

Lulu Launches Self-Publishing Platform for Kids (The Independent Publishing Magazine)
With Lulu Jr., the service expands to allow children to turn their ideas into individualized book projects.

With More Ebooks, Kindle Viruses Could Be Likelier (Good E Reader)
No reports have surfaced so far of Kindles succumbing to a computer virus–and some say it can’t happen–but e-reading software could become more susceptible with the spread of ebooks.

A Boom in Audio Books–As Well As Distraction (Co.Design)
Audio books may be gaining in popularity, but recent studies suggest the cognitive processes involved in listening are more passive than those for reading. What does that mean for audio book publishers?

LexisNexis Brings Role-Play to Law School (WSJ)
As part of a wider trend in instructional content, the digital content provider is trying out an interactive feature in selected ebooks allowing law students to hone their skills at presenting evidence.

Does Digital Content Dull the Reading Experience? (Pub Perspectives)
It’s a familiar charge, but one commentator maintains the digital reading experience only highlights readers’ unfulfilled need to interact physically with content.

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