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Ebook buying Habits

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Modifié : Déc 29, 2010, 11:34am

Are ebook buying habits different from physical book buying habits? How would this translate to selling books?

For instance, I buy physical books when I see them but I don't always read them immediatly - especially when the book is part of a series I haven't got all of yet - I think that if I got an eReader, I would be more likely to buy books when I want to read them, rather than when I see them, because they are avalible all the time, in theory. Now I often buy mutiple books at the same time, but I can see keeping an online list of books, and only paying for them when I decide to start reading them

Does this mean out-of-print becomes obselete? Is it practicable for publishers to keep all thier back catalogues online like this though? Servers cost money and for a large publisher it is a lot of storage needed.

How else could book buying habits change because of the new technology? Could we be buying entire writer catalogues at once? Could we have advertising for other books in the books?

Déc 29, 2010, 12:01pm


I have owned a Kindle for 3 years. I do not think it has changed my book-buying habits in quite the ways you describe. I still buy books that come to my attention. I depend on LT recommendations from reviewers I trust and catalogues of presses I like. I still have a number of ebooks on my TBR pile. Some ebooks already have advertising (particularly books in series or YA books). The one problem I have found is that the instant gratification factor is a bit too high with ebooks, so I have ended up buying books that I otherwise would not have purchased. Finally, some books are really worth only one read. Right now I simply recycle via my local library. With a Kindle, awful books remain in my archives forever. Oh horror.

I would like a subscription system for certain kinds of books - something along the lines of the old subscription libraries. However, I would like the subscription to be tailored by me and not by the vendor. The example of which I am thinking is cable television subscriptions. Cable subscribers have to buy a lot of channels they do not want. Frequently, their top three or four channels may be in completely different packages so they have to buy all the packages in order to get the channels they want. If ebook subscription services were to evolve as cable subscription services have evolved, I would decline the service. I do not own a television as the expense of getting the channels I like is prohibitive.

Déc 29, 2010, 1:39pm

I've been reading ebooks for perhaps 10 years. Used to use my PDA before ereaders finally hit the big time.

I agree with #2. My book buying habits haven't changed much. I will see something on LT and go looking for the book. I will wait on more expensive ebooks hoping the price will drop or a sale will pop up, but most books I put in my wishlists or just buy outright. It becomes too hard to remember where I saw the book to wait, sometimes.

As I do not have a kindle (and never will) I can buy books in a lot of places. LT has given me a place where I can write down where I saw a book I'm pondering purchasing (I use private comments) and which of 4 or 5 wishlists I might have put it on, and which ebook store I might have actually purchased it from in case someone else wants a copy of it so I can tell them where I found it.

I have not used dead-tree bookstores for a long time. We only really have one, and I just got out of the habit of going there, so shopping on line (at amazon when I was reading deadtree books and now at any number of online ebook stores) has become my preferred book buying method.