There can be a certain hilarious magnificence to denial – the huge popularity of the Bruno Ganz Downfall meme is ample testament to that.
Downfall does I am afraid rather spring to mind when considering this piece in Publishing Weekly which lists the “Bestselling e-books of 2012”. It’s an impressive list – there are some huge numbers on there (oh to be working in a market five times the size of the UK…).
However, in the week that Jennifer L Armentrout became the first self published author to be the No. 1 ebook bestseller in the US the fact that this list doesn’t include self published authors smacks of bizarre levels of denial.
These are NOT 'the bestselling e-books of 2012'. They are 'some of the bestselling e-books of 2012'.
PW attempts to justify this by saying that’All the publishers that shared digital information were houses that rack up enough print sales to compete in the bestseller race.’ Which is a bit like having a singles chart in which only artists with bestselling albums can take part: it is simply a distortion of the realities of the market.
Except of course that would simply be arbitrary. For PW not only to not include self published authors, but to make no reference to them whatsoever raises the suspicion that they think and hope that if they ignore self published ebooks they will somehow go away.
The fact that Jennifer L Armentrout has just signed a huge deal with Harper Collins only adds to the absurdity of the situation. It is good news for author and agent, not good news for publishing. Denial and overcompensation are not happily linked in psychoanalytic terms.
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