E-book sales down this year? … by Darla Luke

It’s no mystery that I check out different sources for e-pub news. USA Today (May 16, 2013) has an article on e-book sales slowing down this year – check it out here.

While that sounds like bad news, according to the article “e-book sales still account for 46% of overall book sales” (down from 112% from last year – boo!). BUT “e-book sales have increased a total of 4,456% since 2008”. Wow!! That is awesome news!! The phenomenon continues ….

Here are the self-published books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list through the week ending Sunday 5-12-13*:

The Bet by Rachel Van Dyken (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #15 (last week #15) $0.99

Don’t Say A Word by Barbara Freethy (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #26 (last week #62) $0.99

Rock With Me by Kristen Proby (Self-published via CreateSpace). This week #69 (last week, not on the list) $12.00

Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #42 (last week #31) $0.99

Knight and Stay by Kitty French (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #47 (last week, not on the list) $4.50

Twisted Perfection by Abbi Glines (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #64 (last week #29) $3.99

Surrender by Melody Anne (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #69 (last week, not on the list) $0.99

Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #71 (last week #49) $0.99

No Attachments by Tiffany King (Self-published via CreateSpace). This week #88 (last week #398) $2.99

The Billionaire’s Obsession by J. S. Scott (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #99 (last week #98)

Don’t Hate the Player … Hate the Game by Katie Ashley (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #114 (last week #296) $2.99

The Color of Heaven by Julianna MacLean (Self-published via Smashwords). This week #125 (last week, not on the list) $4.99

Falling Into You by Jesinda Wilder (Self-published via Amazon Digital Services). This week #132 (last week #200) $3.99

*I’m human and make mistakes (a shock to my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.

Darla Luke

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About Darla Luke

Darla Luke spent her childhood making up stories in her head, when she wasn't devouring every book she could get her hands on. If someone would have told her she'd be a writer when she grew up, she would have laughed herself silly. Now, writing is her passion, and she loves telling stories (especially ghost stories) and believes they all should have a happy ending.

Posted on May 17, 2013, in General and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. It looks like indie pubbed books are going to continue to do well! 🙂 Great article, Darla!

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  2. I do agree that it is important to have books both in print and ebook form. However, I would caution anyone to think that a single data point about sales being up or down is a trend. The market is simply too volatile to make decisions on trends. I’ve said it many times, as have others in this new publishing arena, you have to take the long view. Looking for quick money on short term payout does not work for 99% of authors.

    Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who writes weekly on the business of publishing talks in depth about changes in the PRINT market for indies that I believe make a big difference in what is to come. http://kriswrites.com/2013/05/15/the-business-rusch-shifting-sands/ Personally, I’ve always done a print book and an ebook for every novel I’ve published. I did it first because I wanted to have my books in print–even if they didn’t sell a lot of copies. I did it second because I knew there were still lots of readers who preferred print.

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  3. Which means it’s good to be a hybrid author 🙂

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