Amanda Hocking: e-Book Sensation

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Amanda Hocking, the e-book sensation, keeps 70% of her book sales — and she sells around 100,000 copies per month.

But the internet is filled with misinformation, says Hocking:

I’m going to set the record straight by saying a bunch of things about me and my books that are true, so if you read things other places, you can be all, “Nah, that’s not true.”

  • I’m twenty-six years-old, not twenty-seven, twenty-five, or any other age.
  • I live in Austin, Minnesota, not Minneapolis. I like Minneapolis a lot. I just don’t live there.
  • I have published eight books and one novella, so there are nine works that you can purchase from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and Smashwords.
  • I’ve written 19 books.
  • All of my published full-length novels are available in both ebook and paperback.
  • Three of my full length novels are priced at $.99 in ebook, and my novella is priced at $.99. The other five books are priced at $2.99. All my paperbacks are priced at $8.99 and $9.99.
  • I was never traditionally published. I still have not been traditionally published.
  • A few books have foreign deals in place, but the books have not been published yet.
  • I have an agent – Steve Axelrod – and I’ve had him since August.
  • I first published two books in April 15, 2010. Since then, I’ve sold over 900,000 copies of over nine different books.

The sales of “Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks: The Untold Story” seemed to offer some decent, if early, news for long-long-form journalism, reports Megan Garber at the Nieman journalism lab.

After two weeks of availability in the Singles Store, the story had sold 1,900 copies β€” at $0.99 a pop. Three weeks in, it had sold around 2,500 copies. As of today, 34 days after launch, ProPublica general manager Richard Tofel told me, the story has sold some 3,500 copies.

For a 13,000-word piece of investigative journalism, that’s not bad. (Not a business model, but not bad.) But “Pakistan and the Mumbai Attacks” isn’t the only ProPublica title available as a Kindle Single. Late last week, the nonprofit outlet added another story to the Kindle Singles marketplace: Abrahm Lustgarten’s “Hydrofracked? One Man’s Mystery Leads to a Backlash Against Natural Gas Drilling.”

Last week HarperCollins put a cap on eBooks that limits library checkouts to 26 times by library patrons. eBookNewser has more details.

The Librarian in Black says; Every eBook user should have the following rights:

  • the right to use eBooks under guidelines that favor access over proprietary limitations
  • the right to access eBooks on any technological platform, including the hardware and software the user chooses
  • the right to annotate, quote passages, print, and share eBook content within the spirit of fair use and copyright
  • the right of the first-sale doctrine extended to digital content, allowing the eBook owner the right to retain, archive, share, and re-sell purchased eBooks

According to Forrester’s five-year forecast for eBooks in the U.S., 2010 will end with a total of $966 million in eBook sales. It’s expected to triple, with $3 billion in sales by 2015.

At that point the industry will be forever altered, says the study’s author.

Related e-book articles on Dailywireless include; App Store Subscriptions, Google Books for Honeycomb, Adobe: Tablet Publishing for Android, Google Editions: Web eBooks Readied , Bookstores: Preparing for E-Books?, e-Publishing: The New Normal, iPad Publishing Model: It’s People!,

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 9:08 am .

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