Real Data about E-books and Self-Publishing

This is highly fascinating and amazingly detailed (especially, if you also click on the link in this post). You’ll be glad you looked. 🙂


The world of publishing is changing. I think everyone can agree on that without too much fuss. The part where everyone gets their panties in a bunch deals with where and how is it changing the most. The Big Five Publishers, Amazon, B&N, etc. aren’t sharing their sales data, so it is difficult to get a clear picture on the state of change.

Hugh Howey shared their analysis of data that he and an Anonymous Data Guy collected through a “software program that can crawl online bestseller lists and grab mountains of data. All of this data is public—it’s online for anyone to see—but until now it’s been extremely difficult to gather, aggregate, and organize. This program, however, is able to do in a day what would take hundreds of volunteers with web browsers and pencils a week to accomplish. The first run grabbed data on nearly 7,000 e-books from…

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