Fake Bestsellers, Concern Trolls and Hidden Agendas

This is a really great breakdown of ebook sales and rankings. It’s unclear whether Tony’s book could have/should have been self-published, because the only way he was able to report it in the first place was by receiving an advance from a publisher. Publishers, like VCs, take bets on talent, and they help alleviate financial risk for the creator. That’s why self-publishing (while ideal!) won’t always work for those who need upfront cash to realize their vision.

David Gaughran

boomLast Friday we were treated to a story from the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times, where Tony Horwitz claimed “I Was A Digital Bestseller” then complained about how little money this made him, and how he would now stick with traditional, print publishers as a result.

Then this Op-Ed was held up – in outlets like Gawker – as another example of how writers have it so tough in this scary new digital world which is going to lead us all into penury.

Just like the story I wrote in January – Fake Controversy Alert: Hitler’s Mein Kampf Was Not A Digital Bestseller – the key “fact” in Horwitz’s tale of woe doesn’t hold up to scrutiny.

Can you guess what it is?

Tracker2

Tracker1Boomwas published on January 29 this year. According to KND’s Tracker, before the Op-Ed, the highest rank it achieved in the…

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