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Monday News: 8% of ebook titles account for 50% of ebook...

In the two year period between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, 1.3 million individual titles have been purchased and that Amazon, BN, Apple and Sony account for 98% of all retail ebook sales. That leaves 2% to divide between Kobo, Smashwords, All Romance eBooks, and the like.

I’m not sure I agree with McIlroy’s final conclusion – that ebooks are having a significant role in reducing industry dominance by the largest publishers. He states that in 2004, the top 5 held 65.1% of the market. That large publishers supply only 8% of the ebook titles and achieve 50% of ebook sales doesn’t mean that their market dominance is declining, only that it has achieved 50% of the ebook market. What is their percentage of the print market? Is it lower than 65.1%? Higher? Looking at the publisher position in the marketplace without considering print component is looking at only half the picture and lends itself to faulty conclusions. Thad McIlroy – Future Of Publishing

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Deborah Nam-Krane
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 06:24:15

    That Texas story breaks my heart.

  2. Catherine
    Nov 04, 2013 @ 09:04:11

    I don’t understand the Texas story. I’m a librarian, and while yes, I’d like to get our collections back, a good library builds in a cushion for things to go missing occasionally. No regular circulating book is worth that much fuss.

  3. Thad McIlroy
    Nov 06, 2013 @ 22:50:17

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