May 16, 2022

Publishing: “Amazon Reveals Quarter of Kindle Ebook Sales in US Were for Indie Publishers”

From The Guardian:

As many as a quarter of the top 100 Kindle books on are from indie publishers, according to data revealed at a trade presentation by the retailer.

A chart detailing the 25 top-selling indie titles in 2012 was passed on by an audience member via Twitter.


A spokeswoman for said: “This figure is referring to Kindle books on in 2012, with “indie” meaning books self-published via Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). So a quarter of the top 100 bestselling Kindle books on in 2012 were self-published via KDP.” 

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See Also: New Statistics From Bowker: Self-Publishing Sees Triple-Digit Growth in Just Five Years (October 24, 2013)

See Also: Bowker Reports that Self-Publishing Continues to Experience “Strong Growth” In U.S. (October 9, 2013)

A new analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker reveals that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59 percent over 2011 and 422 percent over 2007.

Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40 percent of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11 percent in 2007.

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