Well, here we are. Just a few years after lamenting the lack of coverage of the growing self-publishing market, readers have pushed that growth high enough that it can no longer be ignored. The Bookseller has a write-up about the size of this market, and FutureBook is doing their Friday Twitter chat on the same question.
With KDP now the largest ebook publisher in the UK, and self-published ebooks taking a larger share of the market than any publisher in the US, the sense that something is afoot is now spreading beyond the trenches. This is exciting stuff. It will mean a further erosion of stigmas, more authors free to make choices, and more pressure on publishers to pay higher royalties and offer fairer contracts.
It’s startling to me that so much has changed in the last six or seven years. Absolutely amazing. And incredible to think that it was just 18 months ago that Data Guy wrote his little spider that creeped up the waterspout. The findings at Author Earnings keep getting validated, and it all points to greater freedoms and higher pay for artists, and more choices and fairer prices for readers. Good times, people. Good times.