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Self-Published Ebooks Made Up 22 Percent Of Ebook Sales In 2015

29 March 2016

From Bustle:

Although self-publishing sometimes gets a bad rap, it seems that readers are really coming around to self-published books. In the UK, 22 percent of ebook sales came from self-published books in 2015. And in fact, while traditionally published ebook sales were slightly down from the year before, self-published ebooks only gained in popularity.

The major drawback to self-publishing, as opposed to being published through a traditional publishing house, has always been that it’s harder to get your book into the hands of readers — or rather, in the digital age, onto their Kindles. While publishing companies have marketing teams and publicists to create buzz for a book, self-published authors have to promote their books themselves, which is often difficult. But it seems that self-published books are gaining in popularity, at least according to Neilson.

In 2014, self-published books made up 16 percent of all ebook sales in the UK; in 2015, that number shot up to 22 percent as traditionally published ebook sales dropped while sales of the self-published variety rose. In other words, the self-publishing revolution really might be in the works.

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9 Comments to “Self-Published Ebooks Made Up 22 Percent Of Ebook Sales In 2015”

  1. “While publishing companies have marketing teams and publicists to create buzz for a book…”

    What?
    Since when?

  2. Self publishing continues to grow. In my experience, more and more trad published authors are making the switch while fewer and fewer new authors are willing to spend much (if any) time on the submission treadmill.

  3. I notice the author of the article states as a ‘fact’ that more than half of self-published authors earn less than $500 pa. The quote comes from a survey published in 2011. For an article written about 2015 sales to conflate with a survey produced so long ago is shameful. Since I am cynical about all publishing statistics, I checked the survey source. Turns out it comes from a website that no longer exists.

    • I would rather have 500 people read my book, and make $500.00 than make nothing, and have no one read my book.

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