A Quarter Of The 100 Best Selling Books On Amazon Are By Self Published Authors

Today’s Daily Mail has an article regarding Amazon’s statement that a quarter of the company’s 100 bestselling books are by indie authors. The figures pertain to the USA, however it is believed that similar statistics apply as regards the United Kingdom. There are, perhaps not surprisingly a lot of sour grapes in the comments following on from the article, to the effect that all indie works are of inferior quality and “real” authors are published by established publishing houses. In reality there are, of course poor quality works in the indie sector and that of traditional publishing. The article provides hope for all us self-published authors and those considering self-publishing. For the article please visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2518546/Amazon-reveal-quarter-100-Kindle-books-written-self-published-indie-authors.html

15 thoughts on “A Quarter Of The 100 Best Selling Books On Amazon Are By Self Published Authors

  1. Jade Reyner

    I am so glad that you posted this Kevin – I shall pop over and read the article now. Amazing that we are looking at 25% for indie authors, we just need to encourage more people to believe in us and get that closer to 50% or higher. I still think, from what you have said about the comments on the article itself, that we have a bit of a mountain to climb. That stigma just won’t shift! 🙂

  2. judithgreene

    Nice. Just goes to show you the power of the internet and the power the individual has. Really cool, always had a feeling indie publishing would strike back against the big guys. Good to see.

  3. davidprosser

    Were it not for the power of the internet Indie authors would always be treated as vanity publishers and given no credence. Now however, the power of our voices and the power of that of our readers is being heard at last. I agree we have poor quality Indie writers but no less so in the traditional field. I recently read one popular author whose books are very derivative and weak yet he’s promoted as different. I think indie sales are set to rise again over Christmas and the new influx of Kindle readers try us out and find authors worth following.
    Thanks for sharing the article.

  4. booklovinggrandma

    Amazing. I have a sister who self-published a couple novels before having one published in book format. She’s been trying to convince me to publish a children’s story I’m working on. Thank you for liking my blog posts.


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