I guess one thing we need to ask ourselves as writers is
what motivates people to buy a book? A reader has really got to want to buy a
book before they part with their cash. It won’t matter how wonderful the cover,
or blurb, or writing; if they are not in the mood to buy, they simply won’t. I
have been into bookstores with the thought of buying a book and come out
without one because I was not motivated enough.
I used to read a lot of fiction but hardly ever read fiction
anymore. I do still buy a lot of books, mostly biographies, autobiographies and
other non-fiction. I don’t usually buy print books; though I prefer to sell
print books over ebooks, I prefer to buy ebooks. I like the fact that you can
usually get ebooks very cheap when there is a promotion on, and you can increase
the size of the text.
I still have loads of print books because they are pleasing
to look at and I don’t want to part with them. I have to admit that reading a
print book is more satisfying than reading an ebook but ebooks are more
practical for me. However, I have noticed my ebook sales declining over the
years, so maybe most people don’t feel the way I do about ebooks.