Encouragement about writing, publishing & The Write-to-Publish Conference
Friday, March 22, 2013
Free E-Books or Not?
I want to
welcome some new subscribers from my last two book giveaways.
As most of you regulars know, I have been
sharing about taking the plunge and buying a Kindle Fire HD and entering the
world of electronic reading. I continue to enjoy it, although I did read a “hard
copy paper book” last week. Although, I haven’t
learned all that my Kindle Fire can do, I did install my email and have found it
extremely helpful monitoring my personal email at my day job (only at breaks) and
other times when I am away from my house.
But, as I
coasted around the blogosphere this week I noticed some discussion about free e-books.
Many publishers offer these at certain times for new and also older titles.
There has been talk that this might be ending. I guess I won’t be surprised,
things can’t be free forever.
Also, it was
mentioned that many of the books we download onto our devices, free or not, we
may never read, just like the books on our shelves. Which I guess is okay, but
I would imagine many authors hope those “free” books will lead to reviews that
will inspire more sales.
I will admit I did feel like a hoarder for a while, but then the files are not taking up space in my house.
So, what do
you think about the ending of “free e-books”? Or if you have further information
that may help clarify the situation, please share. What percentage of the books you have downloaded, have you read?