eReading: Only For The Masses?
Lately I’ve noticed something blindingly obvious about the Kindle and its kin; the majority of recent ebooks seem to be largely aimed at mass market readers. At first I thought there were simply rights issues around books I was trying to buy on Kindle, but then I realised that they might be doing a WH Smith, only picking books with mass appeal.
Perhaps it’s not the famously secretive Amazon who’s responsible. It could be that the books I choose to read have not sold well in print and therefore don’t get a second life online, but I would have thought that with a reduced cover price they might stand a better chance of benefitting from the ebook format.
Clearly many others have yet to clear their rights, and back catalogues are always the last to be made available. I don’t think you can buy anything older of mine than the relatively recent Bryant & May series (no ‘Spanky’ or ‘Psychoville’, no ‘Roofworld’). But while I was in an upscale bookshop at the weekend, I made a list of ten books I wanted and failed to find any of them in eformat.
There is an Amazon button to hit whereby you can suggest the book you’re looking for, but has anyone had quantifiable success doing this, or is it just to give us the illusion of interactivity? I’ll be interested to hear in your experiences.