Further evidence of independent publishing being treated as a legitimate segment of the industry arrived earlier this month as the first monthly Smashwords indie bestseller list appeared on the Publishers Weekly website and in the PW print magazine.
Publishers Weekly has been the North American industry bible for almost 150 years, so its recognition of indie published books is hugely significant. Here’s a link to the announcement on the Smashwords blog.
The only downside to this news for a self-published author like me is that Smashwords sales figures are only a portion of book sales. For example, any sales of Silent Symmetry through Amazon, Apple or the Kobo store aren’t reflected by Smashwords since I chose to distribute my book to those retailers by myself. So it remains to be seen whether the mainstream media can figure out a way to truly capture across-the-board sales figures for independently published ebooks. Until then, this is a huge step in the right direction.
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