I came to a startling realization today:
I only read the books I slap money down for, or were given to me as a gift — and it wasn't given to me as a free gift. There is one exception to this, and it was a book I wanted to read by an author I already trusted.
Because I acquired the books for free on my own, they just aren't worth as much to me. I automatically, without any reason to believe this is actually the case, assume that because the book is free, it is not as good as the books that aren't. For whatever reason, I simply do not value these books as much as I do the ones I have scraped my budget to buy.
I ‘buy' free e-books when they're promotion.
I almost never read them.
I do not have a sense of immediacy with the ‘purchase'.
I do not have a serious desire to read the book.
I do not have an automatic connection with the book that I spent the money I worked hard to earn. It was free. That means it can wait.
Free books don't force me to read them. I acquire them, I load them on my kindle, and in the back of my head, I know the author gave it away. I file it as something I can push off for another time. A book that just isn't as important as the ones that were given to me by the author directly for reviewing or books that I have decided to spend money on myself.
I don't know why this didn't occur to me until right this moment. But, I do know that it made me very, very aware of my opinions on the value of books. The more I spent on a book, the higher my expectations for that book are. In addition to this, the more I spend on a book, the more I really want to enjoy that book. This colors how I feel about the book.
This makes me, just from the desire to like it more, to actually like it more. I spent all of that money on the book, so I want to like it. It's the same approach I take with book review copies I receive — someone approached me, asking me to review — I want to enjoy that book. I don't want to leave a harsh review. But, because I'm honest, I do leave less-than-glowing reviews of stories.
I learned something, today:
I learned that I don't just judge a book by its cover, its sample, and its description.
I judge it on its price.
I wonder if this will change whether or not I download books on author promotion for free. I'm not reading those titles. It doesn't support the author that I've downloaded them. I'm not really interested in reading those books. I grabbed them because they're free — because there might be a chance I might read the title.
I guess only time will tell.
Do you find that you're less likely to read a book you've acquired for free?