The publishing world is changing. Not news, I know, but I want to talk about a little bit today because I’m curious about how those changes have affected your book buying. Once upon a time (and not so long ago!), if you wanted to buy a book, you went to a book store or discount store or a grocery store or your local drug store and bought a paperback or a hardcover novel. You might have also purchased from a book club and received your books in the mail. That was pretty much it. And the only books you could buy were books that writers sold to a publishing house who subsequently packaged them and priced them and then you made the decision if you wanted to part with your hard earned money.
Enter e-publishing and self-publishing. Now, you can still go to all of the above mentioned outlets (albeit there are not nearly as many around as there once were) OR you can shop on line at Amazon, B&N or Borders (to name a few) and purchase either a paperback, hardcover or electronic edition of the book.
The other major change – a writer no longer has only one avenue to get their book published. You don’t have to sell to a publishing house these days, you can easily publish your own novel – especially in e-book format – and immediately have it available on Amazon for public consumption.
Because of the ease of e-publishing, the price point for books has also changed. If you check out Amazon with any regularity, you’ll see mass market paperback sized novels selling for $ .99 to $2.99 and so on up to $7.99 if the book is offered from a traditional publisher.
Another change as a result of the e-book and self-pub revolution is that writers are looking for more effective ways of marketing their product and getting the word out to the book buying public. A task that had once been reserved for the publisher, has now landed in the author’s lap with more and more frequency. We blog, we twitter, we facebook, we have webpages.
Okay. Why, you ask, am I stating the obvious?
Because I’m taking a poll. It’s not scientific, it’s not particularly noteworthy, it’s not even necessary … but I’m taking it anyway, mainly because I can, darn it and because I want to. :o) And I’d love it if you took the time to answer.
So, here goes.
Question 1: How has the e-book revolution affected your book buying? Are you a Kindle or Kobo fanatic or do you still like the feel of a book in your hand?
Question 2: How does the lower price point of the self-published books affect your book buying? Are you still willing to pay $7.99 for a new mass market paperback or e-book from your favorite author?
Question 3: Are you more likely to take a chance on a new ‘traditionally’ published author’s book, because you know that the book has been fully vetted, edited and deemed worthy of the investment of time and money from a traditional publisher and pay $7.99 for his or her book OR are you more more inclined to take your chances on a $ .99 offering from an author you’ve never read, understanding that the book MAY not have had the benefit of professional editing? (Before anyone goes off on me here – the last part of the question was not intended to denigrate self-published books. Far from it. Many self-pubbed authors go to great efforts to hire professional editors to insure the best possible product. Many, however, do not. It’s a crap shoot. So – it’s just a question, okay? :o)
Question 4: When you are shopping on line for e-books, do you even take note if the book was published by a traditional publisher or self published?
Question 5: Have you found new, favorite authors from among the self-publishing ranks?
Question 6: Do you buy books based on authors you see frequenting blogs or twitter or facebook? If so, what was it about that author’s posts or tweets that made you decided to try them out?
Question 7: Do you hate me now for asking you to think about these things? :o)
Question 8: Who’s watching the Royal wedding today and why?
Oh – and I know it’s a ways off, but my next Black Ops Inc. book, WITH NO REMORSE will be released before you know it. You can read an excerpt here.
“An edgy, sexy thrill ride you won’t want to miss.” ~~ Christine Feehan on WITH NO REMORSE.