I started publishing electronic books long before they came of age–long before Kindle or Kobo or Nook or iPad ebook apps or android ebook apps, or even netbooks. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) statistics don’t even give any ratings for the year 2000, way back when I took my first steps in this industry: http://idpf.org/about-us/industry-statistics
In fact, my first ebook came out in December of 2000. That year Danielle Steel had three titles in the top 15 best sellers, James Patterson had two, and John Grisham led the list with The Brethren. My ebooks, along with a few thousand or so other ebook titles, weren’t any competition to these or any other hardcover or paperback titles. Why? This article from Michael Mace outlines some of the reasons ebooks failed in 2000: http://mobileopportunity.blogspot.com/2010/03/future-of-publishing-why-ebooks-failed.html
But times have changed in a big way. After ebook sales increased more than 1000% between 2008 and 2010, it’s hard to say how 2011 will tally up when all the bits and bytes settle. Kindle sales have been, predictably, soaring higher and higher and higher. http://venturebeat.com/2011/11/28/amazon-black-friday-kindle-sales/
So here I am, jumping into ebook publishing once again with all my out-of-print and a few never-in-print titles. The first two are now on Amazon and Smashwords:
This time, the future for them looks a lot brighter!