Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Free Is Starting to Drive Me Nutz

Joe Konrath said in his blog today, "Kindles may be able to hold a gazillion ebooks, but readers can't read that many. The key is not being downloaded. It's being read." I want to tie that to another good blog I read the other day about the hook.

With so many free books (I have about 600 on my tablet), I find I have no patience for a book that doesn't grab me by the nads in the first few pages.

Why should I? I have another 600 books to read.

So I click the back button, scan my catalogue, gravitating for those eye-catching, professional looking covers…and start over.

Beyond saturating the market…free is changing how the reader reads, and forcing us to follow a formula that demands immediate impact. (I'm hinting immediate isn't good…as in, foreplay is for weenies…pun unintended…but hilarious)


  1. I'm with you on this one. I have tons of free books on my Kindle now and its getting harder and harder to pick through them all. As if I didn't already have a ton that I paid full price for and now I have to search through to find them. I must say, however, some of those free ones are diamonds, it's just a matter of seeking them out amongst the others.

  2. My kindle is full of free downloads, and .99 centers. It doesn't seem to matter what the price of the book, I haven't had time to read in ages - unless its for the express purpose of posting a review.

    I've done the same with paper books too though, and I actually prefer print books.


  3. Donna...in your heart...I know...that you know...you speak blasphemy.

    'actually perfer print books'...that's is like saying...I don't dig that whole new painless dentistry gig.


  4. I know what you mean! Between iBooks and the kindle app, my iPad is chock full of books I haven't even touched yet. And it's not just the free ones! Ebooks just have a tendency to build up, especially with a digital hoarder like myself.

    You know, it reminds me of when I was kid and I'd go to the library. There was no limit to the amount of books you could check out, and I'd inevitably end up carrying home way more books than I could ever read before they were all due.


  5. After the first flush of enthusiasm for downloading 'free'out of copyright classics and rarities, I stopped, the puritan in me whispering 'you should never acquire anything you deep down know you will never use.' More often I invest in a two mile walk to the library and bring back only the books I can comfortably carry on foot, and know that I'll read.