Rich Adin whose blog (An American Editor) which is largely about the work of book editors often goes off sideways and writes on related and unrelated topics that interest him on his blog , and always in an interesting and thought provoking way, so I often repost articles he has written as I feel they are of interest to you guys too.
He also is my guardian angle in the sense that he corrects my more stupid mistakes as well, a very useful and helpful characteristic of his I find.
Anyhow, here he ponders on the “free ebook” phenomena, and as always reaches some interesting conclusions.
So, read on, the word is with Rich.
Every day I find another traditional publisher is offering free ebooks. Amazon has made a business out of offering free ebooks. And let’s not forget the many indie authors who are offering their ebooks for free.
I admit that I may be atypical in my buying and reading habits, but I do not think so. I have watched my to-be-read (TBR) pile grow dramatically in the past couple of months from fewer than 300 ebooks to more than 1,100 ebooks. If I obtained not another ebook until I read everything in my TBR pile, at my current average rate of reading two to three ebooks per week, I have enough reading material for between 367 and 550 weeks or 7 and 10.5 years.
How has this impacted my buying of ebooks? Greatly! In past years, I bought ebooks regularly. Granted, I was buying mainly indie and low-priced, on-sale traditionally published ebooks, rarely spending more than $6 for an ebook, but I was spending money.
That has all changed. Now I rarely spend any money on an ebook. In the past three months, the only ebook I paid for was Emma Jameson’s Blue Murder, which is her sequel to Ice Blue (which I reviewed in On Books: Ice Blue), at $4.99. Otherwise, all I have done is download free ebooks.