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“ For the past five hundred years, humans have used print — the book and its various page-based cousins — to move ideas across time and space … For now, we use the word "book" broadly, even metaphorically, to talk about what has come before — and what might come next.”
“ Direct revenue from mobile app stores will almost double within the next year to hit figures of $14.1billion, a 92% rise from an expected $7.3 billion in 2011. Estimates suggest that app store revenue will continue to boom over the next four years, reaching $36.7 billion by 2015. According to eBook News, THE WASTELAND is also the #1 selling iPad book app, having nudged out the Marvel Comics app. The Waste Land is currently at #45 in the list of overall top-selling paid apps. And it hit the #1 spot in the U.K. app store just hours after its launch, according to the publisher. APPS
“ I wonder if we can now call the trouble with book apps the 60/20 problem? That is for every £60 of development cost, the return is £20.
The ratio comes from developers ustwo who spoke about their phenomenally successful Nursery Rhymes app at the FutureBook Innovation Workshop. Ustwo hit the headlines in reports from the workshop after revealing some download numbers, and for publishers they weren't particularly palatable figures. Having spent £60,000 making the app, it has so far sold 37,339 copies for a total of £24,048.
An insurance salesman from Kentucky has become the first self-published author to sell one million e-books for the Kindle electronic reader.
John Locke used Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing store to publish and sell his nine novels last year. The part-time writer's crime thrillers and Westerns, priced between 49p and 70p, soon began racing out of the download store.
Locke, who built his own insurance agency in Louisville, Kentucky, has just published his latest bestseller, a self-help guide titled How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months. He earns 25p from each 70p sale and will publish an eighth Creed book by the end of this month, with his third Western, Emmett & Gentry, following in July....
Amazon announced in May that Kindle e-books are now out-selling paperback and print hardback titles combined.
Digital book sales in the UK shot up from £4m to £16m in 2010. Independent writers, offering budget-priced novels in popular genres like crime, can achieve huge success through strong word-of-mouth.
“ The last month has been both exciting and surreal for my writing partner Louise Voss and me. Catch Your Death was No.1 on Amazon.co.uk for a month; Killing Cupid reached No.2, helping us achieve the double whammy twice; we sold 42,000 ebooks in June.” (86p - 49p)