The EREC data set in currently inclusive of books released primarily as ebooks. Now, I should be clear here. My intent is that authors report all sales, ebooks and POD if they sell in that format. So our figures do already include paperbacks to this extent.
And I think the level of awareness authors have these days is so much higher than a few years ago. And the economy is giving some timely lessons in ignoring risks, trusting companies, and assuming everything with be fine. But I digress.
I think what is still missing is a sense of proportion. That is, seeing the sales figures of large press erotic romance imprints. I am very interested in receiving some data relating to imprints such as Harlequin Blaze, Avon Red, Berkley Heat etc.
The data I am after, in case any of you have forgotten, is total books sold at first report (e.g. first quarter), after one year (if available), total to date and to end of contract (if available). Of course offset print runs are not reported as frequently and specifically, but close enough is good enough.
My idea would be to mass all of these books together to begin with to represent mainstream publishing sales, and separate by publisher as possible. If you have any questions, or data to share (anonymously) please email veinglory[at]gmail.com.