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?