The world of ebook publishing is big business. For many years, publishing an ebook was something few understood or even pursued due to the stigma of self-publishing. Corporations like Amazon that manufacture and produce electronic readers established their own resources for e-publishing for authors who wanted their books available for downloading. Ebook publishing is going to be around for a while so let’s explore some facts that may persuade you to e-publish down the road.
- In 2013, 21 ebooks dominated the number 1 position on bestsellers lists. Among the top four was an ebook written by J. K. Rowling under the nom de plume Robert Galbraith. It sold for $9.99 and stayed in the top spot for 4 weeks.
- Angela Ruiz Robles is the first author of an ebook (1949).
- 25% of Americans aged 30 to 44 purchase ebooks.
- Almost 70% of U.S. libraries offer ebooks for their patrons to check out electronically.
- The fastest growing ebook market is the academic text book market.
- Most major publishing houses now sell ebooks from their sites. In fact, sign up for updates from Simon and Schuster, and you could potentially receive a bestseller in ebook form as a gift.
- Publishers can charge less for an ebook but receive a higher profit return.
- Penguin Random House is the number 1 selling publishing house for ebooks in 2014.
- According to Forbes’ citation from a Book Industry study, Amazon is the number 1 e-reader beating out the iPad.
- Fiction dominates in ebook sales.
Now, what made these facts fun? Each fact demonstrates the viability of e-publishing a book. E-publishing is a growing industry. Maybe it is time for you to consider a piece of the pie.