With e-book sales having gone up over the holidays, there have also been a couple of new articles on the rise of e-books and indie publishing in mainstream news outlets:
The venerable BBC has discovered the indie publishing phenomenon and devotes a news article to it. They mention John Locke and Amanda Hocking, though not successful British indie authors such as Stephen Leather or Saffina Desforges. And they still present traditional publishing as the better solution.
USA Today has an article about the post holiday e-book sales surge. The article is focused neither on trad nor indie writers, but on the readers’ perspective.
The Austrian public TV/radio station ORF has an article on indie publishing from a German language perspective and interviews two German indie writers, Johnny Haeusler of the popular Spreeblick blog and science fiction writer Markus Hammerschmitt.
Another thing that’s interesting about the ORF article is that it finally gives us e-book market share figures for the German language market that are more current than the 0.8 percent that have been bandied about for almost a year now. According to ORF, 1.4 million e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2011. The market share of fiction e-books in the German language market in 2011 is estimated to be 1.4 percent, while a market share of 6.3 percent is projected for 2015. So e-books are growing in German language countries, so not as rapidly as in the US and UK: