Self-Published Authors Are Quietly Taking Over The Book Market

Self Published Authors Are Taking Over The Book Market

Self-published authors taking over the book market, while the Big 5 fiddle.

In the latest report from Author Earnings, there is only one logical conclusion to make. Readers have more than accepted Indie and self-published authors and their books and ebooks.

There is no doubt now, as all the major indicators such as unit sales, royalty income, market share, and percentage of titles in bestselling lists are all pointing high north for self-publishers.

As the conclusion of the report reads:

We live in exciting times. Today it’s possible to be a full-time professional author, quietly earning $50,000+ a year — even six figures a year — without ever sending a query letter to anyone. On Amazon alone, the data shows over a thousand indie authors earning a full-time living right now with their self-published titles.

The only gatekeepers that matter now are readers.

To get a quick grasp of the book and ebook market today, these two graphs are telling in how so much has changed in the last few years.

self-published authors market share

self-published authors market share sales

Blue Indie line up dramatically – purple Big 5 line down sharply. The publishing business has been turned on its head.

Update: It seems as if the Author Earnings website may have ended its life. You can read this recent news update.


More reading: How To Publish A Book The Right Way To Reach More Readers


Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent writing and blogging, as well as testing and taming new technology.

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3 thoughts on “Self-Published Authors Are Quietly Taking Over The Book Market

  • Avatar for Nicky
    July 8, 2020 at 7:37 pm

    Is there an average percentage of what authors earn on those different platforms? I have two publishing offers for an up and coming book but am thinking of going self as the offers are not very good? Thanks for reading

  • Avatar for Karen Stensgaard
    December 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I’m confused. Isn’t indie published and Amazon published the same thing?

    • Avatar for Derek Haines
      December 30, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Karen. Indie or self-published are one and the same and include all authors who are independently publishing on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, B&N or any other self-publishing platform. The opposite is traditionally published, which means the author is signed by a major publisher.

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