Originally Posted by Elfwreck
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?
According to the Bowker survey earlier this year, 43% of ebook readers already don't directly support a specific author with income. A later survey said it is over 50% possibly due to KDP free promos.
And this with DRM and lending restrictions. Remove DRM and/or permit resale and we have the ability to surpass 75%.
With ebooks authors have the potential for greater income and less income. I can understand the uneasiness felt by the industry.