With the increasing popularity of Kindles, iPads, Nooks, and other e-readers, book sales have gone down since 2010. Hardcover books were once a golden ticket, but recently, sales have gone down more than 23%.
J.K. Rowling has always been one of the highest-earning authors in the world. Shockingly, she didn’t make this year’s top ten. Maybe things will change once she releases her Harry Potter Collection in the e-book form. Forbes investigated and compiled a list of the world’s top earning authors.
#10 Nicholas Sparks- $16 Million
#9 Jeff Kinney- $17 Million
#8 John Grisham- $18 Million
#7 Dean Koontz- $19 Million
#6 Rick Riordan- $21 Million
#5 Stephenie Meyer- $21 Million
#4 Janet Evanovich- $22 Million
#3 Stephen King- $28 Million
#2 Danielle Steel- $35 Million
#1 James Patterson- $84 Million