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Offline George Hamilton
10 May 2013, 08:39 PM | Post: #1

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Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

Some insightful research into the ebook market from Smashword's Mark Coker available to download at Slideshare
I've attached a pdf of the slides for those who are not members of Slideshare. 
.pdf  Smashwords 2013 Ebook sales data.pdf (Size: 1.15 MB / Downloads: 22)
Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
11 May 2013, 06:43 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

I read this too, well worth a gander. Very interesting to read. Well done Smashwords
Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
11 May 2013, 09:05 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

Certainly very interesting. I think I will definitely give Smashwords another go after my KDP Select term has finished.
Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
11 May 2013, 09:17 AM | Post: #4

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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

Thanks, George.
Some interesting stuff in there. Some of the features are inconclusive in determining whether they have any meaningful impact on the success of an ebook. Possibly the most clear cut is book length. It is clear that readers prefer long books. A large percentage of the top sellers are more than 100,000 words.
Indies may like to write novellas to quickly build up a back-list and have a lot of covers to display, but it appears that readers want something longer to get stuck into.
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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

(11 May 2013 09:17 AM)B J Burton Wrote:  Thanks, George.
Some interesting stuff in there. Some of the features are inconclusive in determining whether they have any meaningful impact on the success of an ebook. Possibly the most clear cut is book length. It is clear that readers prefer long books. A large percentage of the top sellers are more than 100,000 words.
Indies may like to write novellas to quickly build up a back-list and have a lot of covers to display, but it appears that readers want something longer to get stuck into.
This will be good news for my son who is currently working on a 200,000 word novel! (not so good for me as my natural novel length seems to come out at about 60,000 words)
Offline navlogan Reading Faust 2.0 by Michael Brookes
11 May 2013, 11:23 AM | Post: #6

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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

This is good news for me , as Book One of my Saga weighs in at 118958 words and Book Two is currently 166080 and not yet completed; though i imagine that the final book will end around this; by the time i've finished cutting out excess and adding a summary of book One to it and first chapter of book Three...We will have to wait and see but hopefully it will be under the 200000 mark. I gotta say, i prefer a bigger book myself; something to get the teeth into
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RE: Insightful Smashwords survey of ebook market

Size isn't everything, as the saying goes. If the book delivers a full experience, then for me, it doesn't matter what size it is. A book I really enjoyed was The Kaiser's Last Kiss by Alan Judd, and that only comes in at 208 pages (I would have thought that's well under 60,000 words). But as a writer, I can't ignore those Smashwords' stats. Fortunately, my first 2 books came in at well over 100,000 words, which traditional publishers tend to think is too long for a first timer, as they look for something between 80-90k.

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