Since taking up ebook reading the majority of books I’ve purchased have fallen into two distinct groups – old favourites I’ve not read for years and no longer own as paper books and books I’d probably never normally have picked up.
If I walk into a book store or browse an ebook store I often find myself overwhelmed by the choice and unsure which book to buy. For that reason most of the new books I read are from authors I’m previously enjoyed or books recommended by friends (most of which are passed on to me as paper books).
But the availability of ebook samples – a chapter or so which allows you to ‘try out’ the book for free – means I’ve read a number of books I’d never normally have considered ‘risking’ the money on.
In each case it’d be hard to say what first made me think of downloading the sample, but the fact I could have a peek inside the book without spanning any money or risk being ‘ahemed’ at by store staff meant meant books were sold which otherwise wouldn’t have been.
With so much anger and upset surrounding issues such as availability (more on this soon) and price (we’re not going over that again!), it’s worth remarking on how samples are the one aspect of ebooks which benefit readers, retailer, authors and publishers alike. There really isn’t a downside to them.
If you’re looking for something new to read, I recommend downloading the samples for each of these: Cougars (Claire Irvin), Hedge Fund Wives (Tatiana Boncompagni), and William Walker’s First Year of Marriage: A Horror Story (Matt Rudd) – all of which I discovered via samples and greatly enjoyed.