The somewhat strange article in The New York Times that PG posted about a few days ago included the following quote:
Over the last five years, close to 40 independent authors have sold more than a million copies of their e-books on Amazon, the company said.
Does anyone know where this information came from?
If it was information that the article’s author obtained directly from Amazon, best journalistic practices would call for the name of the Amazon employee who provided the information. There is no link in the online article pointing to another online source for this data.
PG follows Amazon’s announcements closely and he doesn’t remember a press release to this effect. Neither does he remember reading this data point or anything close to it anywhere else online.
A little bit of Googling did not disclose an online source for this factoid. (To be fair, PG did not do OCD Googling, just a five-minute job).
Does anyone know of a source for the 5 years/almost 40 indies/selling more than a million copies of their books statistic?