Publishers Fail To Protect Print Sales

It has been apparent for quite some time that large publishers had been desperately trying to slow the (inevitable) transition to e-books – much as they might deny it. Despite all the breathless talk of “transmedia” and “metadata” and the furious rate of backlist digitization, the overarching strategy was clear: protect print sales at all costs, and pray that e-books will plateau soon (and that international markets won’t take to them with quite the same relish). This is the only logical conclusion from tactics that include pricing e-books artificially high (even, allegedly, going as far as price-fixing, for which they are being investigated by the EU, the (US) Justice Department, and are the subject of a number of class action Read More…

Indie Writers Making History In The UK

Indie authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss are making history in the UK. Their second book Catch Your Death has been at the top of the Kindle charts (for all books) for over a week. To top it all off, their first novel Killing Cupid – which has been slowly creeping up behind – is now at #3! Congratulations to Mark and Louise on a stunning achievement. For those unaware of their background, neither of them have a history in trade publishing (like many indie authors, they couldn’t crack the system). They only self-published for the first time in February, and Catch Your Death was released in April. Overall, they have now sold 20,000 e-books, 17,500 of those in the month Read More…