Inspired by a particularly rosy article about self-publishing, I decided to find out some actual data about book sales. I’ll give away the biggest statistic of all if you go read the article on my Facebook business page at:
The most remarkable statistic is that we are on track for issuing ISBN numbers in 2012 for 15,000,000 books. FIFTEEN MILLION! Traditional book publishing is flat, so you know what this means. A tsunami of very bad self-published books is washing over the publishing industry. Few will be read or sold.
However, there will be a few gems amidst the dirt and rock - just sufficient to keep us hopeful enough to try our luck against the other 14,999,999 titles.
Is it ethical to encourage people to self-publish? Read the rest of the data and you decide.