Reports of my Death have been greatly exaggerated
So said Mark Twain over 100 years ago. A journalist hoping to get the scoop of the century, found the bemused author not on his death bed but just recovering from a bout of illness. What’s this got to do with eBooks you ask?
Well, reports of the death of eBooks are getting another airing, fuelled by articles in London, New York and Sydney. Declining Kindle eReader sales and rising print book sales pointing to the inevitable…or so it seems.
Now Amazon – the bastion of Kindle and hope of indie writers everywhere – have opened a real ‘bricks and mortar’ bookshop in Seattle.
WTF is going on you well may ask?
You can join the dots and jump on the ‘eBooks are dead’ bandwagon but if you dig deeper you’ll find the reality doesn’t fit the headline.
Amazon have been the gorilla in the eBook store for quite a while now, endlessly squeezing the juice from indie writer’s royalties. So, this looks like another classic play from the Big A. Only this time they’re dividing and conquering small indie bookstores.
Yes, print is enjoying a resurgence in sales as Kindles are flat-lining. The truth is that eBook sales for independent authors are actually growing.
Check out this chart from Forbes. Indie Published eBooks are soaring while ‘big five’ eBook sales are crashing. Lies, lies and damn statistics.
Kindles, like iPads have reached saturation, not because people have stopped buying them, but because people have stopped REPLACING them.
These are robust gadgets that give years of service. So, don’t panic. The death of the eBook is greatly exaggerated. There will always be print books and eBooks are here to stay. What hasn’t changed is the opportunities eBook publishing gives new, unknown indies. That’s you.
So is the eBook dead? No. It’s very much alive.
Keep brave. Keep writing. Don’t believe the hype.
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