Over at Dear Author is a post and discussion about the effectiveness of advertising eBooks.
This is an essay in itself, which I don’t intend to do today. But I want to touch on some things.
How have I discovered books?
Bookstores and the public library.
I’d go into a Barnes & Noble and browse the new books in fiction, non-fiction, and several genres. I’d note the titles and authors in my PDA. I’d then check to see if I could get them from the NYPL. (Shut up. I’ve already said why I can’t buy print.)
At the library, sort of ditto. I’d see New Releases in several sections. But I’d also browse the shelves. That’s how I came across the first Ken Bruen book I ever read.
The trouble with the Internet: No shelves!
How will I — how will everyone — find eBooks? Or even writers?
This is an interesting list from my Bookmarks. These are writers I did not encounter until I came across them on the Internet (list is in reverse alpha order by surname because that’s how I lazily copied & pasted them):
Zoe Winters — via a blog post mention somewhere, and she left a Comment on this blog
Anthony Neil Smith — via Victor Gischler (a writer recommended by Ken Bruen)
Jimmy Lee Shreeve — I don’t recall, probably a blog mention somewhere
L.J. Sellers — via a Blog Book Tour post somewhere
Jason Pinter — via MySpace
Melanie Phillips — don’t recall, probably a blog post mention
Martin Millar — don’t recall, probably a blog post mention
J.A. Konrath — a blog post mention somewhere
Simon Haynes — via Twitter free eBook offer from a third-party (I think!)
Matthew Gallagher — don’t recall, which is odd, as his blog is very new
Joseph Devon — via a blog post mention somewhere
Cliff Burns — he left a Comment at this blog in its first month
Matthew St. Amand — via MySpace
Notice how only one of these came about because of the writer seeking attention! (Cliff Burns — and the attention wasn’t for himself, it was indirectly as part of a discussion here.)
Most were absolutely indirect. The Internet equivalent of Word Of Mouth.
This is why I mention writers all the time here. This is why I post what books I’ve read (Category: Reading). This is also why I’ve changed my Internet habits and have mostly dropped what I used to do daily: visit mostly tech sites. I can’t find books to read that way. (Plus, technology qua technology mostly bores the shit out of me these days.)
Do you have a blog? Do you mention what books you’ve read? Do you mention writers by name and link to their blog or site or a post that inspired you?
That’s the first step to helping writers get noticed.
The rest I’ll have to save for another time.