In my wanderings around Amazon, a few months ago I discovered the writer Sherwood Smith. I read the book A Posse of Princesses and enjoyed it very much and wanted to know more. Before the ebook revolution I would have been lucky if I could find her current two or three novels. She’s not a big-name bestseller so her backlist wouldn’t be available except as used books.
As a reader I would have suffered because I would have had the opportunity to read a whole lot of other books that would entertain me. And Smith would have suffered as a writer because out of print books meant no passive income for past books.
But now we live in the digital age and Smith has all (or most) of her backlist available in ebook format, many of them at much lower than traditional publisher prices. And because of that both reader and writer benefit. The reader has access to all of Smith’s books and Smith has passive income supporting her into the future.
The sample feature of my Kindle makes it even easier for me to choose which book to read next. I went online and looked up Smith in the Amazon store and downloaded samples of everything available. In my Kindle, I created a new collection called Sherwood Smith and dropped all the samples into it. Now whenever I want to read one of her books, I only need to go to that collection, skim the samples to find one that appeals to me in that moment and buy it.
It’s likely that over the next year I’m going to spend around $100 on her backlist, something I couldn’t have done before. I get great value for my money and Smith gets a long-term customer and fan.
Life couldn’t be better for readers and writers!
How has the ebook revolution changed your reading habits? Are they as positive as my experiences? Tell me about them.