Like many authors today, I’ve been keeping a close watch on how ebooks are changing both the publishing world and the way we read. Two years ago, my husband gave me a Kindle as an anniversary present, and at the time I wasn’t sure I would use it. I was wrong. Today, I love the fact that I can buy a book when I need it both for my personal reading and my kids schooling without having to visit the nearest bookstore (which for us is a loooong, day’s drive). I also love the fact that I don’t have to lug a pile of books on vacation or to the beach.
I recently did a poll on our blog here for our readers to learn what you think about ebooks and if those opinions had changed since last year when I did a similar poll.
One of the things I found interesting is that last year, 59% of those who responded said that they owned an ebook reader. Today the number is much higher at 87.5%. Today, the majority of you, 56.3% buy one to two books a month, while 31.3% buy 3-5 books a month.
Last year, 61% said they downloaded free books. This year, 50% said they download more than 6 free books per month, but only 28.6% read all of those books.
What about a fair, ebook price? Last year, the majority said $1.99-$3.99, but this year, 46.7%, by far the majority, said $3.99-5.99.
One thing that hasn’t changed, is that with an ebook reader, people are buying more books. 71.4% of you said you buy more with an ebook reader. I definitely find the same to be true for me.
Another thing that has stayed the same is what motivates you to actually buy a book. The top reason, both years, was the blurb followed by the author.
While this poll was by no means intended to be scientific in anyway, I find it interesting to see now technology is changing the way we read and buy our books. And for myself, beside the ease of reading an ebook, I’m also in the process of putting up some of my backlist as ebooks, something that I couldn’t even have imagined a few years ago.
I’m currently reading The Secret Keeper by Sandra Byrd and Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel—both on my Kindle. What are you reading this holiday season, and it is an ebook or a good, old-fashioned paperback? (Which I still love, BTW!)
As a fun extra, since Christmas is coming soon, I’d like to give away four ebook copies of my Christmas novella, Undercover Cowboy. Leave a comment below with your email address. Drawing closes Friday at midnight PST, December 14th)
Merry Christmas to all of you and thanks for dropping by our blog!
LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award nominated author who has over twenty novels and novella collections in print. She and her husband, Scott, along with their three children, live near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique as missionaries. As a homeschooling mom, life can get hectic, but she sees her writing as an extension of her ministry which also includes running a non-profit organization The ECHO Project. To find out more about her books you can visit her website.
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