So, last year I wrote a post declaring my boycott of ebooks, because of the fracked up pricing of the books I’m interested in, where the ebook version is significantly more expensive than the dead-trees version1.
In the comments on that post2, and indie author, Nathan Lowell, suggested I give the indies a shot. They typically have a saner pricing model, and they also don’t get as much exposure as the mainstream / high volume authors.
So, I checked out his website, and the indie authors site it linked to, and wound up buying his novel. And I devoured it. And I bought the entire series. And then, I bought a few more books. And so on…
Fast forward 1 year, and I’ve read over 24 science fiction novels, and a few others (my iTunes Books section has 63 items in it right now - including many ebooks downloaded from the intarwebs, and many pdf documents). More than 2 novels per month. For many, that is a light reading list. For me, I haven’t read this much fiction since I was in high school.
So… yeah. boycott? not so much.
And I did read some Big Name Authors, but I’ve also read a lot of stuff I wouldn’t have had time to read, without the ebook format. Syncing books and position between pad and phone means I always have my book(s) with me, which means I’m more likely to fit in a few pages standing in line etc… when I wouldn’t have lugged a paper book along.