Question of the week:
“Knowing that the profit margin / royalties in paperback formats is minimal, do you still try to obtain that format? Why or why not?”
Yes, I would as a writer and do as a reader.
I am sorely afraid that we are all basically in agreement this week and just about all that can be said has been said.
But, for what it’s worth, here are my thoughts.
I LOVE BOOKS.
I mean, really.
I am a book hoarder married to another book hoarder. At last gestimation, we own about 3,000.
I thinned out a good number a few years ago, (which was really a small portion), but we probably added half as many since.
As yet, I have not seen my name as ‘author’ on any paperbacks, but I have a number personally autographed specifically to me. You really can’t get an ebooks signed.
I DO have magazines and a compilation with my name as writer, and I stare at those once in a while. (I was sorely depressed when one decided to go only online instead of print. Nevertheless, my name is there. I have it another anthology and an e-zine article with my byline saved; I wish I had thought to save more.)
As a reader, yes, I have Kindle on a tablet, on my PC and on my phone. I do read on them, but I much rather holding a book in my hands. I prefer having several books around, started. I have several books started on Kindle, but it isn’t the same. They don’t ‘catch my eye’, so I don’t grab and read. It really isn’t the same.
That being said, my poor arthritic hands do well using a device. It is easier to hold, and I don’t even have to hold it; it can lie or be propped on a table, the arm of a sofa, my lap, etc.
It’s easier to read while I am eating!
I can read on my tablet while on my treadmill; it doesn’t slip, it stays flat, and I can readily brush a ‘page’ away.
Frankly, since many books are not available in paperback, and many people offer discounts or freebies on Kindle, the PRICE are what has fills my Kindle. (I have a Nook app, but I have never used it.)
However, we don’t really ‘own’ Kindle books. It took me a while to realize that we don’t download Kindle books completely. I have had some others sent to me, (ARCs, or ordered), that are indeed downloaded from sources other than Kindle to my PC. I have also saved them on my external hard drive. (Those number around 5, I believe; I have at this moment there are 209 in my Kindle library.)
Amazon is going ridiculously well, but what happens if, somehow, someway, it goes under?
We will no longer have those books, (for which we have paid)?
I would rather hold my own book, give my own book, plus give many to my friends, and buy those of my friends and favorite writers, IF my money was more abundant. As it is, I don’t even order as many ebooks as I would like.
Paperbacks…or even hardbacks, ebooks, for that matter, audiobooks.
As I said, I love books, and I love them in all forms.