|Nothing matters counts|
until you're INTO the book.
Digital Book World Daily is one of my favorite industry news links. Today they posted an article that, once again, discusses the effect Amazon's battle with Hatchette is causing for e-book sales rankings among the big hitters. This article was by Jeremy Greenfield in Forbes Magazine 06-07-2014.
As if anyone is interested in my opinion...but I have one and am going to share it here. If the industry is really interested in accurately ranking sales, maybe they should do it by actual book/ebook sales. $orry guys...FREE doesn't count. Neither should presales, unless they're a done deal.
The traditional publishers don't seem to like e-book ranking because it portrays a more precise picture of actual book sales. All things equal, can we really count popularity of a paperback book because a mortar and brick location ordered a certain number, didn't have to pay for them, and has the right to return any unsold numbers that don't sell through in a limited amount of time? I may want to know about a popular book, but I trust authors I know or reviewers I like, or time to gauge book sales. How about actual reader purchases? Novel idea? Yeah, I know--lame.
E-book ranking when done over a period of time (I'm not counting the five minutes of fame on the Amazon FREE bestseller list, guys--that's advertising) and combined with e-book sales from multiple distributors, may help the distribution network expand, and as a result, help the Indie authors as well as big time publishers from being at the mercy of one or two (okay - one) major distributors. And don't get me wrong, I think they've done wonders for the industry, opening up avenues authors never had before, but it's time for a little-fess-up-to-the-truth-time when it comes to book sales, ranking, and book popularity.
We can't trust sales reports or ranking, and when you can buy reviews, we can't trust anything but a few opening lines in a book or a best friend who knows what we like to see if it's worth the time.
Come on share your opinion...you know you've got one. Hey, but be nice. LOL ~~ Eliza