I know you’re out there, you normal readers. Not you charlatans like me who will do their best to filch their books from publishers, but those of you who actually browse and hand over cash.
I have questions to those of you who buy ebooks more than physical books. This came about as a result of talking to people who were getting used to their new reading devices. By seeking internet opinion, I hope to turn this debate into science fact.
1) Do you find yourself buying lots of ebooks because of their simple ‘click to buy’ nature?
2) If so, will you ever get to read all of the extra books you’re buying, or is there a good chance they’ll remain unread?
I ask because I wonder if the click to buy nature is inflationary to the statistics, that a there is a gap between books being bought and books being read. That lots of people buy ebooks but may never read them (more so than physical books). The people I’ve so far spoken to suggested this may be the case, and I wondered if there was a trend.
Obviously the money from these sales is good, but do writers value being read just as much, in building careers over many years? Because surely a career depends upon retaining a readership, as much as shifting units?
Food for thought.