Publishers released more eBook singles during the second quarter of 2013 than during the first quarter. According to the Thin Reads exclusive analysis of Amazon’s Kindle Single Best Sellers, ninety-six titles were released to the market during Q2, as compared to 81 during Q1, an 18% increase.
Non-fiction represented fifty of those titles and fiction represented forty-six of those titles. Interestingly, ninety-three of these titles were original and hadn’t been published elsewhere, suggesting that publishers are using eBook singles as a channel to release original material and not simply for backlist works.
“This quarter saw an abundance of high-quality work from prominent fiction and nonfiction authors,” stated Howard Polskin, editor-in-chief, Thin Reads. “Many of them wrote their first e-book single this quarter. It’s clear that the rapid emergence of the e-book single form is leading to a rebirth of long-form journalism and the art of short story writing.”