The Fussy Librarian


March 29, 2015

Paying for content

I nearly blew a gasket on the behalf of authors this past week. If you saw smoke on the far horizon, it was poring out of my ears. I'm a big fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and one of my daily stops on the Internet is the website, which...

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February 22, 2015

All about that blurb

An ongoing series of posts about results of our survey of 1,200 Fussy Librarian subscribers. What persuades a reader to buy a book? The results surprised me ... and they didn't surprise me. Question: When you're looking for a new ebook, which is most likely to persuade you to buy?...

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February 16, 2015

Readers and free books

An ongoing series of blog posts from our survey of 1,200 subscribers: Question: Have you ever purchased an ebook from an author after enjoying a free book by the same author? Yes: 83 percent No: 17 percent I take a "glass half full" approach to this. To me, this says...

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February 13, 2015

What will readers pay for shorter ebooks?

One way the ebook has revolutionized the publishing industry is the number of shorter books (short stories, novelettes, novellas) has exploded over the past 10 years. Authors can now write as long (or short) as they want. In many ways, the shorter book is a good fit for the modern...

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January 25, 2015

What readers say about ebook prices

Thanks to everyone who helped spread the word about the reader survey. More than 1,200 people responded, which exceeded my hopes. Lots of great data that I'll discuss over the next few weeks. Let's look at the one area that every author agonizes over -- pricing. Also known as: Are...

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November 30, 2013

Pricing your ebook

No matter how brilliant your novel or book may be, there are three factors that can easily sink you when it comes time to actually sell it: Price. Your blurb. The cover. Even though your mom and dad warned you about the pitfalls of discussing money, politics and religion in...

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