Posted by Julie at Mar 6, 2013 6:00 am
So some authors and I were discussing the different ways that readers buy books. Trust me, this is a conversation we have often. But as there are more ways to buy books now, the conversation is always changing.
I used to browse the bookshelves and buy books that had pretty covers (after reading the back cover copy, of course.) I was younger then and had quite the disposable income, I suppose. (Not really, but apparently, I didn’t worry much about that.) Over time, as I got more annoyed with giving away books I never read, I got entirely more selective.
Now that I have a Kindle, I’m even pickier. Unless a book is by an author who I already know and trust, I rarely buy a book because of a review or an ad or even a recommendation. I download a sample first. If I ever get around to the sample (I download them all the time!) and I read and have to know what happens next, I order the book RIGHT THEN.
On my Kindle.
Sometimes, this happens at the end of a book. I loved the book so much and I need the next on in the series (or a previous book by the author) RIGHT NOW. So I order it…on my Kindle.
What I mean is, I don’t go to my computer and order it. I do it through my Kindle. I thought this was how EVERYONE bought there books, but after taking a brief survey on Twitter, I learned I was the ONLY one who did that. Everyone else went to their computer or in some cases, used their phones, to order the next book.
So today is a Plotmonkey survey!
1) Do you buy your books digital or print?
2) If you buy print, do you order another book by a new to you author from their backlist or wait until their next book comes out?
3) If you buy digital and want the author’s next (or previous) book, do you buy using the links at the back of the book or do you go to your computer to buy?
4) If you buy digital, are you reading on a e-ink or tablet device?
I can’t wait to see the results!