Self-Published Books in Amazon Kindle 100 Top Sellers

Piotr Kowalczyk  posted graphs for Self-Published ebooks in The Kindle Store Top 100 Sellers List in his ebook friendly blog.
(I found this report /post through a this post on The Passive Voice Blog)

These charts speak for themselves- Self-Publishing eBooks is Working & Growing.

Self-Publishing is good for Readers since traditional publishing has a very narrow vision of what should be published—they sell to booksellers, to shelves  not  readers. Many excellent authors have been turned away by the Big Publisher Gatekeepers but now authors are easily bypassing them to sell their eBooks. This is good for Readers since the The Kindle Store and other eBook sellers will send a free sample of 1-3 chapters which means

Self-Published eBooks let Readers decide which eBooks are good read–as it should be. Readers are the consumers, not Book Shelves.

The average reader may not be aware that Authors who Self-Published on Amazon, and price their books between $9.99 and $2.99, get an unprecedented 70% of the selling price royalty. Books outside that range get 35%. Last spring, when Amanda Hocking showed the world that pricing an eBook for 99¢ can earn an Author more on sheer volume even at the lower percentage, 99¢ eBooks became common. (I don’t know what % royalty the big publishers give Authors for eBooks. One author reported royalties of 20%  and the agents fees still has to come out of that. He told them to keep it and self published. I’ve read reports of Printed Book royalties between 15% to 7%–most on to the lower end.

Here are the graphs from ebook friendly.  Kowalczyk pointed out that last July (2010) not one self-published book was in the top 100, nor were any books priced 99¢.

 Self-published books in Top 100: Summary Jan-Jun 2011

Data collected between June 30th and July 5th, 2011, from Kindle Store’s Bestsellers Archive. Click on months for detailed monthly tables.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

No. of self-pub books in Top 100:

13

26

27

26

22

13

No. of self-pub books in Top 50:

8

17

17

16

5

7

No. of self-pub books in Top 10:

2

3

4

1

0

1

Best self-pub book ranked at:

6

4

1

6

19

6

No. of $0.99 self-pub books:

7

17

16

16

18

10

Share of $0.99 self-pub books:

54%

65%

59%

62%

82%

77%

Average price of
a self-pub book:

$1.99

$1.72

$1.62

$1.62

$1.58

$1.61

Most expensive self-pub book:

$3.99

$3.99

$3.99

$3.99

$4.99

$4.99

Full article at: http://ebookfriendly.com/2011/07/08/top-self-published-kindle-ebooks-in-first-half-of-2011

Current Kindle Bestsellers List: http://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/digital-text/154606011

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Free Vooks in Kindle Store

Right now many Vooks are FREE in the Kindle Store– text books on law, history, science, and math mostly. Search Vooks in the Kindle store and set “sort by” to “Price: low to high.”

What is a Vook?

A vook is a combination of text, video, and Internet in an ebook.  As you read your vook you can watch videos, or listen to audio, and connect with social media on one screen, with no need to switch between platforms. Vooks are available in two formats: As a web-based application for reading on your computer and an application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

I “bought” Intellectual Property 101and History of Rock & Roll 101, both by Dr. Vook PH.D Unfortunately I hadn’t noted that they would only work for iPad and the like. The book and author links take you to the related you-tube video.  On my kindle each chapter has this note,

“There is video content at this location that is not currently supported for your devise. The caption for this content is below.”

So I used my Kindle App on my laptop and tried to read it there. Instead of the quote  got a bright blue box with a cartoon of Dr. Vook but no video or audio. The text seems complete and quite possibly contains the transcript of the missing video. It’s also possible there is another app that will allow the Vook to work on my computer but my technical consultant isn’t answering my calls or texts, aka my probably still asleep son.
That said…

Free is a Good Price for Layman Friendly Text Books. 

To learn more about Vook technology, click here  for the What is a Vook video on their website. Not as entertaining as Dr. Vook Vids!