I’ve heard several multi-pubbed authors disparage used book stores. They resent the lost retail sales that take money out of their pockets. But in the scheme of things, used book stores have their uses.
For people on limited income, often they are reluctant to spend their book allowance on unknown authors. Buying, reading, and loving books from the local UBS often wins new readers to the author. When a buyer loves a new author, they’re more often likely to buy the author’s new titles as they come out as well as whatever backlist titles the buyer can’t find at the UBS.
Right now, I’m sitting in St. Louis, anticipating an enjoyable treat. AN EVENING WITH CHARLENE HARRIS & LAURELL K. HAMILTON. You want to know who turned me on to both of these authors? My friends at the Book Alley in Tulsa, OK. In fact, they’ve helped me find a lot of great authors. And I was willing to take their recommendations after the first one turned out so well.
However, used book stores may some day be extinct. After all, eventually, print books will become collectors’ items. In other words, all USED books, but costing a fortune. And what happens to the reader who’s looking for a good read by an unknown author? Bummer!
Happily, that won’t happen in my lifetime, so my friends at the Book Alley will continue to clue each other one great reads and/or awesome new writers.