We’re all cutting back and spending less these days. One of the things I miss the most is the amount of time spent in bookstores. Hubby and I both share a love of reading, and we’d spend hours at B&N and come out of there with several books each. Now, it’s only a couple.
We haven’t cut back on how much we read. In fact, I think we’re reading more since we’re going out less. Our budget is really tight, so we’ve had to find other ways to get our reading fix. We shop Amazon more because the prices are usually cheaper for best sellers. We still go through the brick and mortar stores, but we tend to give the sale shelves most of our attention. I visit the local library several times a month. And speaking of, wow! Is the library ever crowded these days! There are titles I’m still on the waiting list for, even after two months. I’m not complaining, though. I’m happy to see so many people at the library. There are book clubs meeting there, kid’s reading hours – all kinds of events.
Still, when it comes to spending, Amazon is still our go-to place. In fact, we just bought three books there this morning. A friend admits she’s buying a LOT more books these days since she got her Kindle. Another friend says sales of her book on Amazon is doing quite well (check out D.B. Reynold’s RAPHAEL) .
Author J.A. Konrath is all over the net with his study on book sales and Kindle downloads. You can find his take here. In a nut shell, he’s selling more of a few titles of his books on Amazon’s Kindle list than he’s giving away on his site. Like everyone else, I find his study intriguing, even if no real hard facts and figures come of it. Check it out if you haven’t already.
So, with all the cut backs, are people starting to read more? Granted, I’ve always thought books gave people the best bang for their buck when it comes to entertainment. But, are people staying out of the malls, the movie theaters, arcades, restaurants, airports, etc. and staying home with a good book? What do you think? Has the economy changed your book buying or reading habits?