As with my previous post, I developed a few tools in order to scrape self-publishing data from the sites of Amazon and Barnes & Noble; the data focused on new titles released within the past few months. Unlike last time, though, I focused on the authors instead of the titles, looking for genres with the most prolific authors. Least surprising: the authors who put their characters in fundies and write about purple-headed warriors with love pudding. Most surprising: sci-fi authors. (I won’t name the authors who obviously pump out drivel, but as a fan of classic science fiction, I hope that a sandworm consumes all of them.) Most sad: cooking authors…because nobody has yet told them about the Internet.
Peter Bolton is the author of Blowing the Bridge: A Software Story and has also been known to be a grumpy bastard on occasion.