I am busy publishing my book as an eBook in Amazon’s KDP program and as a print-on-demand paperback using its CreateSpace platform. Down to the final details.
As part of the launch, I have written a 5,000 word white paper on my publishing process to help other fledgling authors give birth to their first book. I’ll get the paper up on the website in a couple of days. In the meantime, I cannot stress enough that we are experiencing an explosion in self-published books. Here are a couple of related facts:
According to the PEW Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project For Research: “As of February 2012, 21% of Americans had read an eBook, and that owners of e-readers read an average of eight books a year more than people without the devices (24 vs. 16).”
The New York Times reported “According to a recent survey, 81 percent of people feel that they have a book in them…and should write it.” If you do the math, that represents over 200 million people in the U.S. who want to write a book in their lifetime.
Add the ease and low cost of self-publishing to the 200 million and you see why eBook revenues will soar. Here are some statistics.