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Thursday, December 3, 2009

More goodreads News

Speaking of goodreads...I joined On Fiction Writing when I saw my buddy, Mike Keyton was there. I also know one of the moderators, Carlos J. at the group. By the way, Carlos is the author of The Prisoner. If you like thrillers, I heartily recommend this book. Carlos outdid himself with the research involved and the pace is nonstop.

Goodreads also has regular book giveaways. Winners are randomly selected by goodreads, but their algorithms take into account how active you are on the site and the kind of books that are on your shelves.. Damselfly, aka Deborah Kalin, is also putting her book, Shadow Queen up on the giveaway board, so be sure to check it out. I didn't see the book at the time of writing this post, but it should be up soon.

Speaking of freebies, Dear Author had an interesting post the other day on whether we're more likely to read a book we've paid for over a book we received free. The comments were all over the map. I have to agree with the post that there is a better chance that I will read a book I paid for over a book I received for free.

I think the reason for this is that if I paid money for something, I want to read it, whereas if something is free, I am slower to respond. I do read anything my friends send me first, followed by those freebies that pique my curiosity.

A few months ago, when the big publishers were trying to push their authors through e-books, I downloaded a bunch of titles for free. Have not read a single one. These are NYT bestsellers and other big time authors, but they were quickly forgotten.

The freebies that I want to read are stored on my jump drive, so I can read them wherever I happen to be near a computer. The others sit forgotten on my hard drive, waiting for that elusive day when I have nothing to do. --like that's ever going to happen.

Giving away print and e-books is still the best way to gain a following and I am all for giving away books as long as the recipient really wants them and is not just hoarding or (gasp) reselling the books. Books are meant to be read and a gift should always be appreciated.

I know I will read more e-books when I get my reader. Prices for readers are coming down and the competition is fierce for our business. ...I can wait.

I really would rather read books on a lightweight reader than lug around a book. Just bring it down to a price I can live with.


J.K. Coi said...

Hi Maria! I think you're right about that. I hadn't thought about it before, but unless I get a free book from an author I already "read" reguarly, I'll save the freebie until I've finished the books I've actually spent my own money on because obviously I bought those because I really wanted to read them.

By the way, I'd love to check out this On Fiction Writing group. Thanks for pointing it out.

Oh, I'm on Goodreads too. "see" you there :)

Dru said...

You are so right about bought vs free books. I read all books that I've bought or were from my author friends. Freebies, especially ebooks are stored just waiting for me to buy an ereader.

I've won several books from the goodread giveaway and have read those because they were books I would have purchased.

Maria Zannini said...

JK, There you are. Found you.

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: The goodreads giveaways are a very nice feature. It gives me a chance to find some new authors.

--Do let us know when you buy a reader. I'm very interested in the choices people make.

I am leaning toward a multipurpose device like an i-phone, but I will settle for anything that is small and can pack easily.

Marianne Arkins said...

I've got a Nook coming my way next week -- I finally sprung for an eReader. I liked the *idea* of Kindle, but did NOT like being locked in to their format. Nook has all the bennies, and none of the drawbacks (IMHO) of a Kindle, for the same price. They've had the same thing happen to them as Kindle did when it first came out -- more orders than supplies, so they're back ordered until Jan. I preordered the first day I could, though, so am getting one soon.


Maria Zannini said...

I hope you've give us a product review when you get it. The Nook was high up on my list.