There’s a lot of confusion among authors today. Primarily, it shows as: are digital books still increasing? The answer shouts back: Of Course! Here’s a quote from Jane Friedman’s post this morning Looking Back at 2016:
“The market for adult fiction is primarily a digital one
“It’s commonly said that in the United States, overall trade book sales are divided about 70-30 print-digital, and that ebook sales at traditional publishing houses are flat to declining. (You’ve probably heard the celebratory and misleading claims that “print is back!”)
“But the latest analysis from Author Earnings shows that when you factor in “nontraditional” publishing sales, the digital share of overall US consumer book purchases changes significantly:
- 45 percent of all books purchased in the US in 2016 were digital
- In adult fiction, sales in the US are roughly 70 percent digital
- 30 percent of all US adult fiction book purchases are by self-published authors
“Nontraditional” sales include self-published work, Amazon’s own imprints, and other sources outside of big trade publishing.”
So, big news, digital books still increasing?
No, the only thing surprising is that anyone will admit it. Mark Coker’s 2017 book industry predictions are consumed with the fears of commoditization. Again, this is not news. This is probably coming like it or not. Traditional publishing is losing ebook sales because they are still pricing far too high. This will change also.
Amazon is quickly absorbing the entire book industry
They supposedly have over 50% of the book sales for the entire world. I don’t see any change to that this year. But change is coming. And, it’s all on your head.
You control your sales!
At least, you better grab hold. My book sales for 2016 were 63% Amazon and two-thirds of Amazon sales were print. But, most of my income growth was from areas outside of Amazon. You need to really take a look at what you are selling and where your niche really is. You may be surprised. But whatever you decide, not including ebook versions in your publishing mix is surely a major mistake.
These concerns are exacerbated when your market is largely Christian, for example. If you are concerned about these things, join us at Reality Calling, my Christian writing blog.