Interesting commentary here about the free ebooks that Tor has been giving away.
Me, I’m still in the neutral spot. I’ve become a fan of the Julia Spencer-Fleming series because of the free ebooks from St. Martin’s Press, but I’m not sure if I’m the norm or not when it comes to boosting sales of the sequels or paper versions of the freebies. I guess it’s still coming back around to the problem of an affordable ebook reader that’ll be user-friendly.
I’ve yet to receive the sales listings on my own book for the ebook sales at Fictionwise, but I don’t think there’ll be much there. I just don’t see ebooks as the real future of publishing until a cheap, user-friendly ebook reader is available to the public. And NO, I don’t mean the Kindle for over three hundred bucks or the Sony ebook reader for just under three hundred. If I can watch movies and television eps on a screen definitely meant to give me a rush into the trifocal stage of my life and that costs less than three hundred dollars, why can’t they come up with a reader for less?
Come on, folks – get a format for everyone to agree on and crank out those readers! I can bet that university students will be thrilled not to mention all of us who just want to read, not spend hours transferring formats and trying to break through security formats.