She clearly informed me that she doesn't buy books. She checks them out from the library.
I was very polite, and my initial disappointment quickly passed. After all, my intent as a writer is to draw readers to my stories, and if she loves Lowcountry Bribe, she'll most likely look for Tidewater Murder in 2013. Of course, if she loves it, she'll tell her friends, mention it to the librarian, maybe (fingers crossed) leave a review on Amazon.
Upon returning home, however, I stumbled upon a news release. Sponsored by OverDrive with the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), a survey was completed . . . a huge survey. It constitutes the largest study of library e-book usage ever, with more than 75,000 people responding. Turns out that:
- Library readers actually BUY 3.2 books per month (print and electronic).
- Over a third of library readers subsequently purchase a book they've borrowed.
- These readers usually experiment reading new writers via the library.
- Over half of the readers are aged 40-64, avid readers.
- Almost 80 percent of the readers are female.
- Three-quarters of library readers hold college degrees.
- Readers are readily borrowing ebooks from the library now, with 84 percent borrowing on their Kindle, Sony Reader or Nook.
In my house on Thanksgiving Day, we go around the table and express one thing we're thankful for. So...this Thanksgiving week, I am very thankful for library readers. I am very thankful for librarians. I appreciate the cities, counties and states that continue to fund libraries. And I bow humbly to all the Friends of the Library nonprofit groups that promote, support and assist libraries across the country.
Just take the time to leave a review someplace.
Just remember though, if you borrow your reading material from a library, please take the time to leave a review for the author at Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, a blog or even Facebook. The author will be eternally grateful.
Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.