Not too long ago, we wrote about JA Konrath’s claim that we had reached the tipping point with ebooks, where a decent self-published ebook author, who priced their books cheaply (generally under $4) could make a really good living, selling thousands of books per month. I still wasn’t convinced that there were that many authors who could really do this, but we’re starting to see more examples. There’s been a ton of recent news coverage about the author Amanda Hockling, who is making a ton of money from her self-published ebooks. She’s pricing them quite cheaply, and selling tens of thousands per month. Her latest book is selling an astounding 100,000 copies per month — and everything is sold for between $0.99 and $2.99.
This makes a lot of sense to me. The publishing industry is, however, still in as deep a state of denial as the recording industry.