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About selling books...
Blog Posted:2/16/2014 1:06:00 AM
I would like to share some fact with you:
Statistics... maybe boring but with a message:
Owners of e-readers download a lot of books............
Writers should be happy.. it means that chances are pretty high a lot of people are reading there work.................
In the Netherlands 90 % of all book- downloads have been proven illegal.
Imagine: only 10 % of those books have been paid for...
Is it because the Dutch aren't honest people.
No! Governmental decisions and laws have made it, over here, least not easy(which is an understatement) to get access to those sites..........
Successfull Dutch author Saskia Noort was not pleased finding out her latest (!)book had reached illegal downloadnumbers .............. almost 16.000
A second large book-retailer with also a huge network of shops for selling cheaper -lesser recent published books - has gone broke.
The possibilities on the internet are huge... but - quoting a guy working as a 'internet-consultant' - "what's for sale on the internet you'll be probable able to find for free too.
We all probably are familiar with the way it goes in the music-industry. An industry adapting and adjusting to the new 'standards' and realities.
What can we writers do?
@ Debbi Guzzi
stop giving it away... an option..
what's the answer to the build-in question "what's next?"
there are a lot of "self-publishing facilities" on the web( only a few of them advertise here on the Soup)It is something one can initiate apart from addressing the regular publishers...) the books you can publish your self - and costumers order there are - depending on which one a writer chooses - value for money (for the costumer and for the author) but shipping costs make those hard-cover books expensive and in a market where book-sales are decreasing hugely it is difficult.. but it works.
That is my experience and it covers the costs a writer makes but does not equalize all the hours, spent behind a desk, in money...
The other option - e-books: creating them isn't that difficult - finding a platform to facilitate downloading isn't that hard.
And there we are. We land in the same surrounding the music industry, the writing industry. And basically we all land there.. that digital world that offers so many opportunities but also so many challenges 'inviting' to find an answer.
That's why I posted this blog...
Have a blessed day