Buy More Books!

I admit that I’m a book junkie.  I also admit to having “Book Flu” from time to time (a condition resulting from staying up into the wee hours of the morning to finish a book and therefore, exhausted the next day or feigning illness to read a book that has just entered my custody and is too good to put down for something as inane as work).

The advent of the ebook has fueled this addiction.  For the record, I do not consider it a bad thing.  I can buy lots of cheap books or download free books all month long from Amazon and read them on my Kindle.  I can also check out books from the public library and read those on my Kindle.  To make things worse, my iPhone has a Kindle Reading App and I now make sure my Kindle and iPhone sync once a day… never know when you’ll have one, but not the other.

Furthermore, I download and review books on StoryCartel.  I also use the service for my own books.  Not only do I get free books, but I’m entered to win gift cards to Amazon where I can buy more books.  Because let’s face it, I’m an addict.

Each month, I set aside special “monies” with the explicit intention of buying books.  This amount changes each month because my income fluctuates, but it’s always enough to keep my Kindle full.

The other day, I was looking at the free downloads of my own books and had a revelation.  My initial reaction was:  Where did the x amount of downloaders come from?  How are there this many people involved in reading my books?  Then it hit me, it was people like me.  People who consume books with such appetite, that discovering a new author has become an old habit.  I read a huge amount of indie authors (over 70% of what I read is indie published, 20% are small publishing houses, and the remaining 10% are people like Clive Barker and Jeffrey Deaver and Terry Pratchett).

Part of it’s price, indies are cheaper.  I can buy six indie books for the price of a Clive Barker novel (possibly more, depending on the novels).  Also, there’s the “free book hook.”  I download the first in the series because it’s free and then I have to buy the next thirty million by that author because I loved the first book in the series and I have to know how it ends.  But mostly, I read more indies because there are more indies.  And despite what the world thinks, most of them are not crap.  Some are.  I’ve read some that were absolute drivel (I can give you the names if you need proof).  But they are the minority, not the majority.

My advice to all the readers out there… buy more books!  (Not mine, just books in general, they are great companions for lazy summer days)

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  1. Maria D.

     /  July 5, 2014

    I agree….buy more books!



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