Self-published is now one of the Big Five

DBW's Power Publishing list shows self-published is now an established beset-selling force.
DBW’s Power Publishing list illustrates that self-published is now an established best-selling force.

The latest power publishing report from Digital Book World shows that self-publishing is now a major commercial force in the world of ebooks.

Self-published ranks fourth in DBW’s list of publishers in its Ebook Best-Seller List in the second quarter of this year, which is the second consecutive quarter that self-pub has been placed fourth.

The self-publishing sector showed its selling strength and potential for growth in the second quarter by doubling its number of best-sellers to 44 from 22 in the first quarter.

Hachette held on to top place despite falling from 88 appearances in the first quarter to 65 while Penguin took second spot, up from third last time, making 60 appearances, up from 42. Random House dropped from second to third, down from 87 appearances to 59. Simon & Schuster rose strongly from 10th in Q1 to fifth, boosting its number of appearances from 7 to 23.

Taking the two quarters’ totals together to produce figures for the first half of the year puts self-published still in a very solid fourth place, with 66 appearances, well ahead of Macmillan in fifth on 38 but a fair way behind third-placed Penguin on 102.

The full report and tables are available at Digital Book World.