Ok, so there was this report released by Hugh Howey. Apparently some software engineer made a web crawler that was able to pull all kinds of cool stats about how much money self published authors are actually earning. All the previous data was based mostly on surveys and data released by the publishers, but Amazon and most other retailers have not released data so it was always inconclusive. But now with this new web crawler, they are able to collect a lot of that data from Amazon and other retailers directly. The implications are staggering. The site the data was originally published on is down now due to heavy traffic: http://www.authorearnings.com/ But the report is also available on Joe Konrath's site, who reposted the data in a blog post: A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Me, Hugh Howey, and Legacy John on AuthorEarnings.com Definitely worth checking out.