According to Sargent, “The Big Five traditional publishers now account for only 16% of the ebooks on Amazon’s bestseller lists. Self-published books now represent 31% of ebook sales on Amazon’s Kindle store.”
Amazon, of course, isn’t the whole market. But it bears watching as an early indicator of market direction. How, then, should libraries begin to reposition themselves to respond to this growing trend? Perhaps by starting with what we know best: our own communities.