SmashWords Survey

This is the 6th Annual Survey from SmashWords, some of the topics they have explored include:

  • What are the top fiction and non-fiction categories?

  • What romance categories perform the best?

  • How do box sets perform, and which types of box set perform the best?

  • Do authors who release ebooks as preorders sell more books overall?

  • How do preorder adoption rates differ across genres (New!!)

  • What percentage of overall sales in each genre for new titles go to books released as preorders (New!)

  • What are the pricing sweet spots for full-length fiction to maximize both readership and author earnings?

  • Do longer books still sell better?

  • Does FREE still work, and what about free series starters?

  • Do series books sell better than standalone books, and if so, by how much?


Notable highlights:


The section on pre-orders looked at:


  • adoption rates across different genres and categories

  • what percentage of overall sales in each genre were attributable to the books in pre-orders

  • if you're not doing preorders now - do it, because it will give you a strong sales advantage

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