April Author Earnings report remains consistent with February report

dailybestsellersLast week, Hugh Howey came out with another Author Earnings report. He’s got some interesting analysis of the figures, but perhaps the most interesting thing is how consistent the numbers are. The market share values only changed by a couple of percentage points from the February sample to the April sample (and generally did so in favor of indie publishers).

Indie-published books represent 30% of overall daily unit sales, up from 27% in February. Big Five sales are down to 37% from 39%. In terms of daily revenue to authors from bestsellers, Big Five has held steady at 39% whereas self-published has risen from 35% to 37%. It’s catching up…

Of course, these percentage changes are probably close enough to the margin of error that you can’t read a whole lot into the shifts, but the simple fact that they’re nonetheless around the same numbers is telling. It’s not just a fluke; the numbers are consistent. And the more samples Author Earnings takes, the better picture they’ll show.

Tomorrow, Howey plans to release a report looking at what data means to new authors just starting out today. It should be interesting.

About Chris Meadows (4149 Articles)
TeleRead Editor Chris Meadows has been writing for us--except for a brief interruption--since 2006. Son of two librarians, he has worked on a third-party help line for Best Buy and holds degrees in computer science and communications. He clearly personifies TeleRead's motto: "For geeks who love books--and book-lovers who love gadgets." Chris lives in Indianapolis and is active in the gamer community.

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