There were a few surprises to come out of the Library Thing giveaway that I did recently, and they’re making me question the conventional wisdom.
Out of the 119 copies I’ve sent so far, 45 were Kindle and 32 were Nook. Granted, it’s not the biggest sample size but I would have expected a 3 to 1 ratio of Kindle to Nook. If you look at the monthly sales reports by indie authors at Kindle Boards, book sales are overwhelmingly Kindle.
Is it possible that the Nook market is bigger than we think and authors are just doing a lousy job of selling to it?
Now it’s time for the curveball.
Of the format requests that came in from readers, 42 said a PDF file was fine with them. These are people who are reading books on an iPad or their laptop computer. They clearly don’t mind a book that’s formatted like a college term paper.
The big question is whether only avid readers are willing to settle for PDFs or if it’s a much larger segment of the population than we thought. PDFs can be easily sold from a website. No middle man is needed.
Are we overstating the need to duplicate the reading experience that comes with a hardback book? What do you think?
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Coming soon: An interview with author Revital Shiri-Horowitz on her novel “Daughters of Iraq” and how she translated her novel from Hebrew to English.
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