I love my Kindle for many reasons – because I can store more books than I have space for, I don’t need to wear my reading glasses, and I can read thick books one-handed – but the main reason I love my Kindle is because I have a bookstore at my finger tips. Actually, it’s more than a bookstore because in a bookstore I don’t stop and read something from every single new YA genre release whereas on my Kindle, I do. I download samples and browse every one of them hoping for something that grabs me enough to want to read it.
Emphasis on the word hoping.
I don’t expect to like everything – my average tends to be about one in fifteen books or so, but that’s only if I include books that are related to ones that I’ve already read. If I go with just new releases the ratio drops to at least one in thirty if not more, and drops even further when I look at indie-publishers only.
Take this week, for example. I downloaded more than twenty new releases, all of them from 99cents to $4.99. And no, I didn’t put any of them in my “maybe” folder.
Why? For two reasons:
- Because most of them were not ready for prime time. Problems with story structure, use of English, etc… You know, the technical stuff.
- Because nothing grabbed me: No compelling characters in a strong setting with actions/problems that I want to care about.
Indie-publishing makes it easy for people to get their books out into the world and allows them to make a least a few pennies of them, no matter how poorly written/constructed they are. Who says that corporate publishing is dead? Ha! They’ve managed the idea situation for them. They’ve crowdsourced the slush pile and now they only need wait until an Amanda Hocking floats up onto the top of the slush and nab her. Win-win for author and publisher.
As a reader, however, it means wading through a lot of poor quality stuff to find anything readable.
What’s your opinion on the state of indie-publishing? Is it is good or bad from a reader’s point of view?