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E-book Sales Soaring for Older Books

Publishers Weekly Allepo just released the ebook numbers for 2012.  By their own admission, instead of requesting e-book sales for books published in 2011-12, they asked for total e-book sales during the year.   The omission was telling.  A number of back listed books showed very well in in ebook sales, in these numbers names like Nora Roberts, John Grisham and Stephen King popped up as well as “James Patterson [with]  29 books on the list, with a total of more than 2.6 million; Janet Evanovich scores close to 1.8 million with 19 books. In almost all instances, unit sales for print books are still ahead of e-book sales, but the gap is starting to narrow.”

Yes, I know, great news if you are James Patterson, or writing for him.  But this is also great news for authors with modest print success and an inventory of back listed titles. As the popularity of ebooks increases so will the opportunities for writers to give their back listed books another chance.  There are emerging companies who will take your out of print book    (think Romance, fantasy, sci fi at this point) and re-issue the book as a 99 cent ebook. This will increase  your readership, put  money directly into your pocket and give  those back listed books another life and another chance.

Ebooks, not just an outlet for new manuscripts.

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Book Saves Lives

There are a number of scenes in the Series of Unfortunate Events series by Lemony Snicket  where Klaus Baudelaire,  who reads everything, must remember how to navigate boats, create traps and otherwise use the knowledge he has learned from reading.

Not the most subtile of messages, but hey, as writers and lovers of books, we can’t help believe that all that great information we consume daily  will come into use someday, if only to allow us to show off during a tedious dinner party.

I came across this article that proves we should continue to flog our children with the merits of reading too much.

In a recent Publishers Weekly issue: the article Lonely Planet Guide Saves Lives of Three Boys, caught my eye.

Three Australian boys were suck in mud flats, one up to his waist, the other two had sunk into mud to their chins.  I’ve been on the mud flats in Alaska, and apparently it’s not the sinking that is dangerous, what’s dangerous is not extracting yourself before   the ferocious and fast tide roars  in and you drown. (I did not read that).

Nine year old Vasco Gonsalves had just read the book  Not-for-Parents: How to Be a World Explorer: Your All-Terrain Manual by Joel Levy and remembered  the section on what to do in case you slip into quicksand.World Explorer book

“The book said to lean back and lift my legs and bring them up, roll over and swim back,” Vasco recalled. “And I got out and ran to tell my mum and the other mums and dads.”

I know how to use a fish fork because of what I’ve read.  I know how to time travel, because of the books I consume. We probably are completely unaware of just how much information we acquire just by reading our favorite novels and non-fiction.

And yes, I probably read how to swim out of quick sand a couple of times, I just don’t if I have the presence of mind like our nine year old, to remember all the steps.

So when we write, we owe it to our readers to be accurate – you never know when you’ll save a life.  Or embarrassment at dinner.






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