Try a sample, find your ‘thing’

Spoilt for choice or drowning in options? The good thing about shopping for an ebook is that you can read twenty per cent of the book, sometimes more, before you decide if you want to buy it.  I don’t know of any bookshops that will let you read twenty per cent of the book at your leisure before you pay for it.  If you don’t like the sample, you don’t buy the book and you keep looking.  Think about it another way. If you go to the cinema they won’t let you watch one fifth of the movie before you decide to pay between $12 and $24 (in Australia) for a ticket.  You can always walk out of the movie one fifth of the way through, but you won’t get a refund.

Okay, so we’ll try a free sample, but of what and from where? Finding something for ‘you’ amongst all those ebooks isn’t easy.  There’s a lot of them out there. All the big publishers tend to get top billing along with the known authors. If you want to try something new, something you’ve never seen before, try an independent author and take a free sample.  If you want to know the names of some independent authors and what they have on offer, there are a number of  Facebook pages dedicated solely to promoting “Indy/Indie” authors, and there are also websites that do similar. Just like independent music and films that take the world by storm, it starts somewhere.  Just like those independently made songs or movies that no one seems to have heard of but you, it starts somewhere. Keep an eye out for your next big thing.  You never know where it might be hiding.

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