Last month I asked: Print or Ebook–Your Opinion? I received many more replies than usual. If you’re interested in reading them, here’s the link. Thanks to the ladies who weighed in and brought up many good points!
I appreciated their responses. But I promised at the end of that blog to let you in on why ebooks are so plentiful and print books are less available. Here goes!
In 2007 Amazon released the first Kindle. But not long after that happened, the Borders and Waldenbook stores that had been in nearly every mall in the US folded. Take a moment and think about how that impacted publishers and authors. They lost HUGE amounts of selling space. Since then, Barnes & Noble has been near bankruptcy and has shut many stores and has reduced the bookshelf space in favor of toys, etc. Walmart is another major bookstore and it has also begun to reduce the space it holds for book sales. Until two years ago, my little hometown had a Book World but that chain shut down all its 45 stores too.
Now some drugstores, grocery stores and some Targets still stock books but they only handle the top bestselling authors such as Danielle Steel, Stephen King, etc. I’m what’s called a Mid-list author which means I’m not a new author and have an established readership but not all my titles reach the top lists like the NY Times.
There’s only so much shelf space in those stores and the publishers only want to stock the authors who will sell the most to the most readers, those who do reach those lists regularly. It’s kind of like WHEEL OF FORTUNE–only the big winner goes to the bonus round. So….
So authors and publishers have moved to ebooks which don’t take up physical shelf space in a store. I don’t expect this trend to change. Market forces are at work. So now you know the rest of the story. BTW, did you know that 50% of all paperbacks are sold on Amazon.com now? So that’s a heads-up to all print-lovers.
This month’s question is: Do you buy print books on Amazon or BN? Well?
Happy Harvest Time!