eBooks Have Changed Owning Books

This is not something anyone else has discussed. At least I’ve not seen it.

In all the discussions of how eBooks change things, people tend to focus on the reading and buying aspects: Are people doing more of each?

What they forget is the tsunami of free eBooks that offer instant libraries not possible with traditional print.

Just look at this tweet:

Even though I’m not going to buy a Kindle any longer, I still get the daily tweets for the Kindle Nation Daily newsletter.

Why not? They’re still books and they’re free.

But this is wave after wave after wave of free books — Every. Frikkin. Day.

Could you imagine going to a bookstore every day and coming across a pile of printed books that were free?

The day before yesterday, I got seventeen free eBooks. Yesterday, it was twelve. Today, because that list of one hundred contains many I’ve already gotten, it will be only four.

That’s thirty-three books in three days.

I’d never buy that many books at once.

So the aspect of whether or not people are buying or reading more is irrelevant to me. Because first of all we need to talk about how many more books people wind up owning because of eBooks.

This is something that was never possible before free eBooks.

As I was doing this post, I came across one pointing out a new thing now too:

Basically, there are so many free book offers now that even clicking the 1-Click button gets tiring.

A new syndrome? 1-Click Fatigue?

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2 responses to “eBooks Have Changed Owning Books

  1. kittent

    I was down with what was either a stomach virus or an incipient kidney stone (or galloping hypochondria) so I have missed why you aren’t buying a kindle…drm and format I presume…

    I have been 1-clicking new freebies for my kindle right, left and center…and I am delighted that there is so much available to read for little cash outlay…if I don’t pay much ($.00 is not much) I don’t feel guilty if I decide that the thing is crap and I don’t want to waste time on it. True, that’s what libraries are for (and I loved your post about serendipity searching the shelves in the Brooklyn branch). However, I find myself less likely to read a book from the library than one on the screen…it’s a weird feeling…I can’t explain it.

    “Buying” free kindle books may get old but currently it is feeding my need to acquire things without breaking my budget or raising my blood sugar.

    As far as buying 33 books in 3 days…hell, yeah…if I have the cash and there are books I want available to buy I will certainly buy them. I’ve done it. That’s why i don’t have a credit card any more.

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