Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Why I Won’t Read Another Free eBook

Taking off my writer hat and keeping on my reader outfit, I am not reading another free ebook AGAIN. Never fucking ever again. Okay, maybe I will if your book meets these following conditions:
1) I’m interested in reading your book only because of the hype surrounding it (50 Shades of Grey), but I’m not willing to pay for it because thousands of people have given bad reviews and good reasons as to why the book is so bad.

2) I’m looking to read outside my preferred genres, but not willing to shell out money for it.

3) One of my favorite authors offers a free book, which almost never happens.
Don’t mistake my position as another mindless rant about how free indie books are crap, nor is it one of those sappy proclamations of supporting other authors. Quite frankly, I could give a shit about supporting a starving author if I’m not interested in reading their books. I’ve taken on this position because I’m tired of downloading shit that I never get around to reading.

For the first 3 months of this year, I downloaded everything that looked interesting. “Ooh free, let me download it before it goes back to its regular price!” Five to eight months later, I still have well over 700 ebooks that I haven’t read, and I know that I’m not the only one with such a large TBR list. I probably won’t finish reading all this free shit until sometime next year.

I've become so disgusted by announcements of free books in my timeline that I’m unjoining readers groups and unfriending author motherfuckers. I’d rather pay for the book than to download yet another book that I won’t get around to reading within 12 months.

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