Home > Uncategorized > Why eBook Sales Stats are Absolutely Meaningless

Why eBook Sales Stats are Absolutely Meaningless

This quote from a November article in The Book Insider says what I have been saying all along about eBook sales:

“I now have more books than I can read in a lifetime,” said Suzie Miller of Auburn, WA. She said she has downloaded more than 350 free eBooks using the service.

Downloaded? Yes.

Actually read? No.

Furthermore the article is all about $1.99 “finds” online. People are buying cheap books, reading only a chapter or two at best, or perhaps nothing at all, and these count as “sales.” (And what possible royalties are authors seeing at that price?)

The word-of-mouth factor fails entirely here. We know that a satisfied reader will tell five friends about a book they like of which four of the friends generally read in print.

However, the entire process breaks down if the reader doesn’t actually finish — or even start — the book.

Advertisements
Categories: Uncategorized
  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Your Response (Value-Added Comments Only)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: