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Self-published ‘Creating Cities’ tops Amazon ebook category; 1200 print copies sold in its first week

Marcus Westbury’s Creating Cities, a crowdfunded, self-published book about the transformation of the city of Newcastle, has topped its Amazon ebook sales category several days after its launch.

Westbury, the founder of social enterprises Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia and This Is Not Art and the National Young Writers Festival, told Books+Publishing the ebook edition climbed to the top spot in Amazon’s ‘Urban & Regional Economics’ category four days after its launch on 10 September.

The print book has also sold around 1200 copies in its first week, which includes the copies Westbury sent out as ‘rewards’ to supporters of his original Pozible crowdfunding campaign. The campaign, which ran over two years ago, raised $41,593, far exceeding its $10,000 goal.

The print book is currently available for sale at ‘a few key bookstores’ in Australia, including several Readings stores in Melbourne, Berkelouw stores in Sydney and Avid Reader in Brisbane. However, Westbury said he is ‘really keen to distribute his title to bookstores across the country’, with sales and distribution handled by Niche Press. ‘We have a distribution network, and we’re available to all bookstores on trade terms,’ said Westbury.

Westbury said he was in discussion with several conventional publishers prior to his decision to self-publish, but found they were only willing to focus on the book’s local production, ignoring what he considered an important market internationally. ‘We couldn’t agree on the terms of how to deal with the book overseas and locally simultaneously,’ said Westbury. ‘I thought the book would have a broad audience locally and a niche audience overseas.’ He noted that ebook sales have been boosted by conversations about the book on social media within the niche, urbanist community.

For more information about the book, visit the Creating Cities website here.

 

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