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Kindle Boards provide valuable perspective on eBook sales growth

By on June 3, 2011 in Publishing Revolution

Explosive growth in Kindle Sales, Kindle Boards help J. Carson BlackAuthor Declan Conner today reports on the explosive growth of eBook sales in the fiction category, highlighting the sales of Breakaway Media thriller author J. Carson Black. In his article, J Carson Black sells 73,562 thriller eBooks in May. How many eBooks other authors are selling, Conner makes reference to the Kindle Boards and the fact that eBook authors have much to learn there by interacting with each other.

J. Carson Black attributes much of what she deemed possible in sales from these interactions on Kindle Boards and highly recommends that eBook authors participate on Kindle Boards, and Writer’s Cafe in particular. Many eBook authors start out with only double-digit monthly sales, as she points out (including herself), but quickly leap into the sales stratosphere.

“The reason I post my numbers (other than being a complete notice box) is because the Writer’s Cafe taught me what was possible, Black said. “The first thread I saw when I got here was one where people showed their numbers and how they changed from month to month.”

Many eBook authors start out with only double-digit monthly sales, as she points out (including herself), but quickly leap into the sales stratosphere. Black’s enthusiasm for this thread on Writer’s Cafe is certainly justified.

“I loved that thread! It told me anything was possible”, she said. “Before I got here, I had no idea that you could start in one place and end up in a completely other home altogether. The first 7 months was a wash – I went from 1 book a month to a high of 17 books a month in November. It was discouraging, so I didn’t put much into it. Then someone suggested I come here—I started on this board just about the time I hit the 135-mark. So I’m here to say that there are many factors that go into this, but it’s possible. Seeing what other writers have done made a difference to me. Knowing that it can happen is a good thing. So, thank you.”

Breakaway Media’s research into the growth of the digital publishing industry indicates that the market will continue to grow and expand across demographic lines as more 35+ readers become comfortable with the increasingly reader-friendly and affordable devices available to them. This has already become a multi-billion dollar market evolving out of a publishing revolution largely driven by technological innovation in eDistribution on various platforms and the advances in eReader devices.

Read the sales reports of multiple eBook authors on Declan Conner’s blog post, J Carson Black sells 73,562 thriller eBooks in May. How many eBooks other authors are selling

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