Self-Published Authors Are Taking Over The Book Market

Self-Published Authors Are Taking Over The Book Market

Self-published authors are leading the way, 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 qualified CELTA English teacher and author of 18 books with a life long passion for publishing in all forms. I started my working life as a lithographer and spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business. Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of Lake Geneva and the Alps.

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

  • December 30, 2016 at 3:54 pm

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

    • 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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