The e-book revolution is a blessing for both, readers and authors and entrepreneurial authors have the highest success of all when self-publishing. I am predicting that e-Readers soon will be more common than a TV in households.
The old monopoly of agents and publishers controlling what and who gets published is totally broken. History proves that this elite is no better at judging the quality and potential success of books than the reading public. Only a few bestseller authors are chosen by traditional publishers for the royal treatment, often those who don’t need the support. But big publishers admit: “During the last weeks, HarperCollins has seen its ebook sales growing almost 10 percent, by the week”. And Random House: “We’ve seen e-book growth outstrip our total sales.”
At the same time, though, the volume of online review sources has exploded. And the number of reviewers who review self-published and/or indie authors is climbing. In addition, there are a host of websites that will feature your traditionally published novel. So it’s not as if promotion and support isn’t there – it just moved online.
Don’t forget: E-book readers tend to buy more books than none-ebook readers.