I am not just a writer. I am a reader who just happens to have some special privileges. One of my special privileges is that I can get free books from some of my publishers if I write a review and post it on Amazon for them.
This is like handing crack to a cocaine addict. You know I was delighted to download those books and add them to my formidable to-be-read pile of books.
The little gif above shows some of the books I've read over the last few months that I downloaded for free. Some were from my publishers. However, some of them were special offers for a limited time, some were available in Nook's free Fridays program. Not pictured are some of the classics I've downloaded from Gutenberg for free.
I enjoyed all the books. Would I BUY one of the author's other books because I got one for free? The answer is a qualified maybe. I have so many books to read and I am continually acquiring them, that the possibility of me downloading another one of the author's books is remote--although, I have to say that if the book was in a series (as some of them are), there is a better chance I will buy another one in the series.
I always do my best to support other writers in my community. I have bought many, many books by New Jersey authors. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten around to reading all of them. Does this stop me from buying more books? NO!
I buy plenty of used books, too. Just last night, I bought a used copy of Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation at our town library. I've been wanting to read it for the longest time--and there it was for only fifty cents. How could I pass it up?
I do buy ebooks for the Nook and from Kindle. Ebooks are inexpensive. Why wouldn't I buy them?
I still buy paper editions from Barnes & Noble, too. Because people know I am crazy about books, I often get gift cards to Barnes & Noble. (Yes, let the world know you have a serious reading habit and they will happily help you drown in books.)
As a reader, I love free ebooks but I would spend money to buy the books I want.
As a writer, I really believe all authors should be paid for their work.
What do you think?