It’s a Reader’s Market … by Darla Luke
Ever hear the phrase “It’s a buyer’s market” when referring to housing? With the digital age of publishing in full bloom, I declare it a Reader’s Market! Okay, I might not be the first one to say it, please leave me to my delusions 🙂
Don’t like (or can’t afford) the $12.99 price for a hard-cover book? Find one you like for $3.99, or even $0.99.
Find a new series? No need to scour used book stores for the one book in the series you’re missing … a digital book is never “out of print”, unless the publisher or author removes it.
There are exceptions, of course. I tried to find a newly published book in digital format when it first came out, but couldn’t. Did I ever buy it? Um, nope. I’ve moved on.
It’s a risk publishers take when deciding to hold back the digital edition to boost print sales. Did it work? Hard to tell. We’ll never know if I’m the only reader who didn’t purchase that book. Sad, really. Because without black & white hard facts, publishers won’t make changes.
Here are the self-pubbed books that made the USA Today Top 150 Best-Selling Books list for the week ending 8-2-12*:
Slammed by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #22 (last week #17) $2.99.
Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover (Amazon Digital Services). This week #32 (last week #31) $3.99
Playing for Keeps by R.L. Mathewson (Smashwords). This week #40 (last week #59) $0.99
Training Tessa by Lyla Sinclair (Amazon Digital Services). This week #65 (last week 30) $0.99
Perfection: A Neighbor From Hell Novel by R.L. Mathewson (B&N PubIt!). This week #89 (last week #180) $0.99
For His Pleasure by Kelly Favor (B&N Digital Publishing). This week #95 (last week #138) $0.99
Easy by Tammara Webber (Amazon Digital Services). This week #109 (last week #118) $3.99
Bedding the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello (Amazon Digital Services). This week #116 (last week #103) $2.99
Weekends Required by Sydney Landon (Amazon Digital Services). This week #117 (last week, not on the list) $2.99
The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1 by Belle Andre (Amazon Digital Services). This week#118 (last week, #28) $4.99
Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan (Amazon Digital Services). This week #148 (last week #229) $4.99
I want to hear from you! What do you think … is it a reader’s market? Have you found a book in print format you can’t find in digital? How long will you wait for a book to show up in digital format after it’s available in print?
This week I’m re-reading Magic Bleeds, the fourth in the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. A new book in the series is out now, and I can’t wait to read it!
*I’m human and do make mistakes (a shock to 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.
Posted on August 3, 2012, in General and tagged best selling books, books, Darla Luke, Ilona Andrews, Kate Daniels, Magic Bleeds, print publishers, publishing, See Jane Publish, self-publishing, Series, traditional publishing, USA today best seller list, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.