Friday, January 05, 2018
Is self-publishing starting to implode under criticism?
Here’s a provocative piece from a conservative-to-libertarian site, “Way too many books are being published”. But open self-publishing has become one reason. About two-thirds of the new books offered today are self-published. It’s not reported what percentage are print-on-demand. (416,000 books were self-published in 2013; 300,000 by traditional; most traditional need to sell about 10,000 at a min.)
It reminds me of a time in the mid 1960s when we thought “too many people are going to college”. And there was a draft.
I do wonder how well self-publishing-assist book publishers business models will hold up – the sustainability issue. Starting around 2012 I started getting calls asking my why my old books from 1997/2000 and 2002 were no longer selling. Well, even with most trade books (with certain exceptions like Harry Potter) that tends to be the case.
Note the BookScan (doesn’t look at ebook) from Nielsen – it knows how well your self-published books have sold (or not).
Intellectual Takeout seems to make a curious point for a libertarian site: people need to share more goals in common and belong more. That’s Charles Murray’s theme in “Coming Apart”.