Originally Posted by Elfwreck
75% of readers don't borrow from libraries. They borrow from friends; they buy used; they are given someone else's finished copy. These options don't legitimately exist for most ebooks, and from the reader's perspective, it seems that authors don't want fans; they want customers.
Giggles is trying to claim that. The rest of us are trying to figure out how literary culture can continue--how it can work at all--if the way the majority of books have been read for centuries is removed in the ebook system.
What's the ebook solution for the 75% of paper readers who never directly supported a specific author with income? Should they just ignore that author's works? Do authors believe that a readerbase 1/4 the size they'd get for print will support them?
Not disputing although I do not totally agree.
In my personal experience there is a whole new category of readers out there.
The professional people who did not use libraries, would not be caught dead in a second hand bookstore and only occasionaly bought books while waiting for a plane.
Tha ability to buy books wirelessly has turned many into reading fiends. They don't care about DRM, they mostly don't even care about price. They do care about what others are reading, as in it is almost a status thing to read Game of Thrones. Above all they care about convenience. They make $30 to above $200 an hour and if married, spouse makes the same.
For the most part they are a new category in reading people and look to me to be able to support a significant amount of ebook sales. These people must die or run out of cash before prices drop