Where can I find sales numbers for books?

Asked by: Harold Caldwell

Visit online retail sites such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Buy.com to view the sales rank of a volume relative to the other books listed on the website. Many sites also offer the ability to view a book’s sales rank within a particular genre.

How do you find out how many copies of a book were printed?

You can find out how many copies of a book or pamphlet are in libraries and archives through a service called WorldCat. WorldCat is the world’s largest bibliographic database; more than 71,000 libraries report their holdings to WorldCat.

What is a good sales number for a book?

So what is a good sales figure for any book? “A sensational sale would be about 25,000 copies,” says literary agent Jane Dystel. “Even 15,000 would be a strong enough sale to get the publisher’s attention for the author for a second book.”

How are book sales reported?

As a self-published Author, your printer and/or distributor will report retail sales figures from both online and brick-and-mortar booksellers. Add that monthly sales report to the number of books you sold yourself, and those are your monthly print sales.

How much do authors get paid for their first book?

As we can see from many authors and agents the average first time author is projected to earn around $10,000 for their new book. After you pay your agent and invest in promotion, there isn’t much left over.

How many copies does a self-published book sell?

around 250 copies

It’s estimated that the average self-published print book sells around 250 copies over its lifetime (for a look at some very old but still meaningful statistics, see here). This may not matter much to self-publishers who are focusing primarily on ebooks, and making print books available only as an adjunct.

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How much does JK Rowling make per book?

CNBC estimates that Rowling has earned well over $1 billion from Harry Potter book sales alone, assuming a standard 15% royalty, as well as another $50 million for her books for adults and several Potter spinoffs.

How many books can a new author expect to sell?

There are all kinds of statistics bouncing around out there, but generally speaking, most self-published authors will likely sell around 250 books or less.