Are Publishers Ignoring The Goldrush? | Declan Burke – Irish Times

Irish author and journalist Declan Burke took the unusual step of buying back the rights to his debut novel from his publisher. Just three days later he published it in ebook for the Kindle.
This morning he writes in the Irish Times about his experience and asks whether publishers are ignoring the digital publishing goldrush.

“Buying back the rights to a debut novel and republishing it yourself as an ebook sounds complicated, but it’s not, writes DECLAN BURKE , who is selling his for 99 cent on Kindle

SIX WEEKS ago I bought back the rights to my debut novel, Eightball Boogie , which was published by Lilliput in 2003. Three days later, I republished the book on Kindle, complete with a new cover. To date, the ebook of Eightball Boogie has sold 108 copies.

That may not sound like a lot of books sold, and in truth it’s not. Worse, given that the ebook of Eightball Boogie is retailing for 99 cents and 86p, the royalties aren’t going to buy me a Greek island retreat any time soon.”
You can read the full article here.

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