In the last two days I have downloaded more books than I have over the past year. Over the past year I have read what I consider to be a very small number of books. To put it in a way most can understand, I just didn’t have the money to buy any new books. I was too busy spending it on other things like food, my mortgage, utilities and clothing for my children.
Times are tough. It is hard to find justification for spending even a few dollars on a book I may or may not like in addition to shipping costs. Back in the day when times were great I would have gladly handed over whatever amount for the simple joy of holding a new or used book in my hands.
I love books. I like the smell of ink off the pages of a book. I like the way words look printed on the pages of books. I like flipping through the pages. I like earmarking the pages. I like placing a bookmark between pages. I like the way books look on my shelves. I even like the way books look stacked up on top of things because I have no bookshelf space remaining.
My passion for books has been temporarily locked away. I realize that digital copies of books, kindle formats, are much cheaper than physical printed copies of books. I just hate, really hate reading books on a computer screen of any kind no matter how large or small. I don’t like scrolling down or sliding my finger across a screen to turn a page. I hate it.
I need the feel of a page in my hand. I need to physically turn pages. So for years I have avoided downloading books for a kindle. I don’t own a kindle but I have one I could use in my house. I refused to give in to the pressure, even the financial benefit, of reading on a screen. But now things are different.
I still despise reading on screen just as much but I have, due to financial reasons, given up the quest to only
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So I logged onto Amazon. Disheartened at the prices of printed copies I was skeptical. Then I began to discover free kindle copies of books. They were books I was uncertain about as far as whether or not I would enjoy the writing style and plot line. I was astounded at how many free books were offered. There seemed to be just as many offered for only $0.99 or $2.99. These I could afford.
I hated the idea of downloading free books because I understand Amazon forces independent authors to offer their books for free for a certain period of time. I hate to not support these authors by paying for the books. I consoled myself with the idea that although I was downloading the one book for free, if I liked it I would be a lifelong fan.
See, if the book wasn’t free, I wouldn’t have been able to read it because I wouldn’t have wanted to risk wasting even a few dollars. For now, wasting even a few dollars is too much. However, things will not be this tough forever. Things are going to be improving very soon. When that happens, I can guarantee that if I like the free book, I will be purchasing more of the author’s works. Being certain I like their work, I will have no problem paying for it.
So today I am raving for a change about something. I am giving Amazon a rave for offering free books. I feel it is a great way to get people like me to read author’s works they may otherwise not have read. I may have never given these authors a chance. Now, thanks to Amazon I can get back to my favorite pastime of reading and enjoying other people’s ideas. I can start exploring the epic fantasy universe again.