GDPR. The Facebook scandal. Amid mounting privacy concerns, Data Guy continues to sell author’s private sales data to Big Pub. But is it even accurate?

It’s now several months since the January 2018 Author Earnings Report arrived. You can still find some of it on the Author Earnings site. But only some of it. Because within hours of the report going live Data Guy was redacting information, and soon after removing entire sections of the report as anger rose in Read More …

Is Japan’s Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook and audiobook markets?

I’ve long been a lone voice on the indie circuit advocating authors take digital libraries seriously. Admittedly back in 2011 it wasn’t so easy to get into OverDrive, but doing what isn’t easy is what separates the career author from the rest. As I said four years ago back in January 2014, Too many indie Read More …

2011: “Best Holiday Ever for Kindle.” 2017: Kindle device sales not mentioned. How important will the Kindle be to Amazon in 2018?

As we start the fourth year without a new Kindle store, Amazon has issued its annual post-Holidays press release, extolling another successful sales season. That includes best-selling books and best-selling devices. This from the 2017 press release: It was a record holiday shopping season for Amazon Devices, with millions more devices purchased worldwide this year Read More …

Insights from Data Guy prior to the imminent next Author Earnings Report

When the Bowker ISBN report first emerged earlier this month The Passive Voice blog ran with the story, and the usual questions were raised in comments about the validity of the conclusions. Not to question Bowker’s numbers – Bowker obviously knows how many ISBNs are bought and / or registered – but to question how much of Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed (second October 2017 edition)

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your Read More …