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Let's face it, we all need 'verification' that what we are doing is worthwhile. With e-books we can get a daily (or hourly) dose, whereas traditionally published authors have to wait for their quarterly statements.

I would bet that there are some traditionally published authors here who are now e-publishing and loving every minute of that newly available verification?
 

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So you're talking sales right? And you're assuming a sale equals a book read and a satisfied customer? What about all those people who buy cheap ebooks and let them pile up on their reader and take forever (if ever) to get around to reading them. And when they do, they discover that some of those cheap reads weren't worth the .99 they paid for them. Is that "verification"? Or even validation?

Granted, if you're selling big then likely you're on to something. But selling some books daily, or even hourly, is no sure indication that you've written something worthwhile. Lots of marginal books sell. Even some generally terrible books sell.

I suppose it begs the bigger question, how do you quantify success as an indie? Is it purely sales, or are you looking for something more? Like knowing that your work made a connection and was genuinely appreciated and enjoyed by the reader.
 
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