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Neil Gaiman Says That Giving Away His Book For Free as an eBook Sold More Books

Have You Ever Bought an eBook?

Author Neil Gaiman and his publisher have reported that giving away eBooks of his novel American Gods earlier this year ended up selling more books for him in the long run. Ask Radiohead — it turns out that giving people free things actually ends up being amazing promotion!

I've been tempted to buy the Kindle plenty of times, and now that I have the eReader app on my iPhone, I'm looking forward to purchasing and reading eBooks, something I don't do very often. I won't turn my back on "real" books, I just like the option of having another vehicle to get my reading in on. What about you? Like digital music, have you started buying digital books?

popsie popsie 8 years
I started reading an ebook on my iphone today using an app from BeamItDown. I am a convert :) This app scrolls like a teleprompter rather than having fake pages that turn, which worked well.
avagee avagee 9 years
I've not bought an eBook, though I have read many. I don't like all the DRM, the pricing seems unreasonable, and $400 for a reader?! I have been reading a few though, I found that gives away books that run like a cell phone game. It's pretty neat - a good reading experience and if you have a data plan / internet on your phone then you can browse, choose, download, and start reading all from your phone within about 30 seconds. It's the free Kindle you already own - all they need to do is expand their range of books.
maskedtoejam maskedtoejam 9 years
After a while, I get tired of reading on a screen, and I can't focus on longer sections as a time. If it's something quick, like an article, I'll read it on a computer, but I really doubt I could do that with a book. Having worked in libraries for five years, I am partial to the touch and weight of a regular book. I do use LibriVox sometimes at work to listen to books at work, but I still prefer physical books.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I've never actually bought an ebook, but I do have several free ones. I think I prefer them that way.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 9 years
When an ebook reader comes out that is two touch screens so I can hold it like a real book, I might consider it. I'm still bothered by the price and limited selection of ebooks and my library doesn't have a program for them yet. If I'm going to switch over I don't want to still have to buy a lot of books that aren't in ebook format.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
There's an eBook reader i am looking into purchasing later this summer since i just got a bunch of free eBooks. We are trying to get rid of an enormous shelf of fantasy books and just use this one eBook reader for them (and other books, too) before we move again.
star54 star54 9 years
I'm never, ever giving up real books. Not only do I like the look and feel of a book, but I also like collecting them too. Downloading a book doesn't really allow for that. And that Kindle is an eyesore, sorry to say.
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
Yes- While I'll never give up a traditional book, they are super convenient. I'm a total book juggler (I keep 3-4 going at once.) This way, if I'm waiting in a queue or just llunching by myself, I can whip out the palm and have book (with bookmark!) They are great.
sader04 sader04 9 years
I never will. It's just big and odd looking. I would much rather risk the paper cuts and stick with the paper and ink versions!
millarci millarci 9 years
Call me old fashion, but I don't think I will ever give in to eBooks. I think the only good purpose they could serve is for students, so they don't have to carry all those heavy books to class. I love reading a good BOOK. I can't snuggle up on a sofa and read off a Kindle. Just would feel weird.
gigill gigill 9 years
I'd prefer to hold a book and read off paper. I don't like reading off a screen all the time.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
I'm going to try e-books now. Thanks for the tip!
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm still addicted to the feel of the page in my hands. and the way a book smells. an ebook can't do that for me. but i will eventually get a reader and make the switch.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 9 years
I've never bought one. But who knows, I might one day if the reviews are good and it looks to have a great plot.
Bksuga Bksuga 9 years
I love the classic books better. I ve only turned to ebooks when i broke my leg last summer and i coudnt go to the library. i borrowed books from the library online it was great.
Rozenaut Rozenaut 9 years
I love a good story, but I find it really hard to purchase books because I tend to only read them once, after which they just collect dust in a closet somewhere. My local library doesn't have that great of a selection, unfortunately for me... So I'm thinking I'd really like to get a Kindle (or something similar) eventually, maybe when they come out with the next model. I'm wary of buying this first edition, since based on the reviews it has some bothersome design flaws. But the concept is great and I see myself getting in on it in a couple of years.
chicobo chicobo 9 years
I don't like Kindle but I guess I should since one of my friends works on developing the damn thing. I love the smell of books though and I don't think I want to give that up.
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 9 years
I have bought a few e-books, but when it comes to books, I'm an old-fashioned gal. I love the small of books, collecting them, reading them over and over, turning the pages. Kindle and other modern conveniences can't take that away.
rickimc rickimc 9 years
I haven't bought one because I cannot stand reading them. I used to edit for an epublisher (which went under), so now whenever I try reading one, I want to edit it.
supercharger5150 supercharger5150 9 years
I listen to audiobooks form iTunes and LibriVox at work all the time. I actually think that if I had this, I would read more.
LadyAngel89 LadyAngel89 9 years
I actually bought an audible book. There was a brand new book I wanted to read by my favorite author and it was only out in Hardback. Unfortunately my budget wouldn't allow for me to buy a brand-new, hardback book, so I found it on Audible and listened to it :)
jessie jessie 9 years
i thought about it, since i like to read so much, but then with the kindle, you can only buy certain books. i'd rather look online thru my computer and go thru it. a wider range that i can choose from. and i do like having a actual book in my hand. only occasionaly will i download a book from online.
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