Print Books Are Not Dead … by Darla Luke
Print Books Are Not Dead. That’s one of the lead stories in the USA Today dated 6-28-12, and although I’m excited about the rise of self- and indy-published electronic books, I’d be the last person to say that the print media is going to go the way of the dodo bird and dinosaurs.
The (publishing) times, they are a changin’, to butcher a quote from … someone. I love books. The feel, the smell, the covers (some of which are a textile delight with raised covers or slightly rough or slickly smooth). But to carry every book I’ve ever bought on my phone to read when standing in a long line, or waiting in the doctor’s office? Sheer delight! My phone is almost always with me, and with electronic publishing, so are my books. I can even change the font for easy reading. What’s not to like?
That said, I also buy just about every print book my friends and fellow Rose City Romance Writer’s publish. Often I get their signature and they write a pithy message meant just for me. Each one has a special place on my bookshelf. When a friend publishes an electronic book, I still purchase it … but don’t have a treasured spot which to put it on display. It saves room, but isn’t quite the same. I’ll adjust I’m sure (as I’m writing this, I realize that I can frame one of their promotional items and display it on a wall in my office. I can even get it signed. There, problem solved – you saw it here first, friends :-))
Onto the real reason you showed up today. Here are the self-pubbed books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list for the week of 6-28-12*:
This week #24 (last week #37): Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire (Smashwords) $2.99
This week #67 (last week #61): Easy by Tammara Webber (Amazon Digital Services) $3.99
This week #75 (last week, not in the top 150): Flat-out Love by Jessica Park (Amazon Digital Services) $3.99
This week #149 (last week, not in the top 150): Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services) $2.99
I’m noticing an interesting trend here, and not what I – and many of my writer friends – believed to be true … the above list doesn’t include even one book at a $.99 price point! Holy cow, what a paradigm shift in thinking! As a self-pubbed writer, you don’t have to sell your book dirt cheap in order to get on the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list!
Now I want to know what you think. Would you only pay $.99 for a book from an unknown author? If that’s not your criteria, what’s the top dollar you’d pay for an author you’ve never read before? Do you need a sample chapter before you buy? I do, because I’m an extremely picky reader these days.
*Okay, just so you know … I’m human and do make mistakes (a shock to some of my friends, I’m sure!). If there’s a book on this week’s list that I missed, please let me know. If I misspelled/mistyped an author’s name or book title, I’m extremely sorry.