Let's Talk with Nancy J. Cohen
Bargain and Backlist Books
Summer is coming and with it come day trips, beaches, and barbecues. Hopefully, packed in your beach bag is a Kindle device or the latest paperback by your favorite author. But what happens if the books you want get priced out of your range?
Traditional publishers set the prices of their books and writers have no say in the matter. But indie authors determine their own pricing. They bear the expenses of book production. These may include, but are not limited to, editing, cover design, and formatting. This is money that can only be recouped through royalties. The price of a print on demand book needs to be enough for the author to make a profit on a novel that may have taken a year’s hard work to produce.
However, as readers, we need to satisfy our insatiable appetite for new books to read without breaking the bank. I’ve recently run into a dilemma in this regard. I am interested in a series with 24 titles. These books would be too expensive for me to buy all new, in Kindle at over $10 each or in trade paperback at over $15 each. The alternative is to borrow them from the library, but I’d be afraid the book would vanish from my device before I finished reading it. It’s also possible not all the titles would be available there.
I’ve never considered buying pre-owned backlist titles before to get through a series, but now it’s what I might have to do to follow this author. If I go down this road, the least I can do is review each title when I’m done. Reviews are the best way to acknowledge an author for a great read. Then once I’m caught up on the series, hopefully I can buy the author’s latest title when it’s released.
Where else can you go, aside from the library, when funds are tight? For print books, try thrift stores, garage sales, flea markets, used bookstores, Friends of the Library book sales, eBay for specific titles, and book club exchanges. These may offer inexpensive prices or book trade-ins. But remember, these authors don’t get royalties from your sale, so be kind and write a review.
Try these online sites for free or bargain e-books. Sign up for a daily newsletter and select the genres that interest you.
Bargain Booksy, https://www.bargainbooksy.com/
Book Doggy, https://bookdoggy.com/
Ereader News Today, https://www.ereadernewstoday.com/
The Fussy Librarian, https://www.thefussylibrarian.com/
Just be careful not to download free e-books from pirate sites. Not only are these illegal due to copyright violation, but you might end up with a malware hitchhiker.
You might be lucky and discover a wonderful new author. Then you’ll want to buy their entire series. How would you acquire these backlist titles?
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