Bookstores are Dying and That’s Good for Your Wallet

The book industry is changing, and you can take advantage in a big way. Years ago, shopping for books meant going into your local bookstore, speaking with an employee, and getting recommendations for books they had on the shelves.

But times have changed in the publishing world. And whether you like it or not, the number of bookstores is declining, and online sales and eBooks are taking over. In fact, eBook sales have actually overtaken hardcover sales in recent years, as retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo have taken hold of the eReader market.

Between the decline of the bookstore and the rise of the eBook, authors and publishers are turning to new methods of connecting with readers to promote their works.

Readers benefit from these changes

Direct Access

This shift translates into more direct connections with our favorite authors and books. Many authors maintain blogs, email lists, Facebook and Twitter accounts for loyal followers to keep up with their latest news and releases. Using these channels, authors communicate with fans, listen to feedback and even offer special giveaways and discounted prices on their books. For example, novelist Danielle Steel hosts an official webpage and writes a monthly newsletter to her fans, discussing what she is working on.

Great Deals

With the dawn of eBooks, authors and publishers have more control over the prices of their eBooks. To drum up interest with new readers, authors will often feature deals on their eBooks to increase downloads and sales. Ranging from $2.99 to $.99 or even free, authors run deep discounts on books, benefiting avid readers like us. To save you time, many web services have popped up to help readers discover these discounts.

For bookworms, the changing publishing industry can be a good thing. As bookstores give way to eReaders, authors will continue to connect directly with readers to offer deals on their books.

4 Money-Saving Tips for Bookworms

As the tablet market continues to boom, it’s now simpler than ever to download eBooks with the push of a button. The simplicity is great, but for book lovers and avid readers, stocking up on books can get pricey. So, where can you find discounted and free eBooks to feed your bookworm appetite? Check out the services below.

Libraries

Many public libraries are keeping up with the trend towards digital, offering eBooks as part of their lending collections. In most cases, all you need is a card to your local library. You can access their eBook lending libraries directly from your computer or tablet, and download eBooks available for you to read for a specified period of time. It’s just like checking out a library book, without actually making a trip to the library.

Author Lists

Book lovers like us all have favorite authors that we know and love. Luckily for us, many of these authors have blogs, email lists, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages for loyal fans to keep up with their latest news and releases. Additionally, many authors offer special giveaways and discounted prices on their works for loyal followers. Check out your favorite authors to receive these newsletters and alerts.

Book Clubs

Many book clubs receive specials on books, allowing members of the group to purchase selections at a discounted group rate. For avid readers, book clubs offer guided discussions on bestselling books, while also giving readers a chance to snag books at a lesser price in exchange for participation in the club.

BookBub

For the simplest way to get great deals on great books, sign up for a daily alert service like BookBub, The Fussy Librarian, or Book Gorilla. These services send you a single daily email, alerting you to flash sales on eBooks in categories you like. At sign-up, you choose your favorite genres – from romance to thrillers to cookbooks – ensuring that no unwanted deals reach your inbox. The service works across a range of devices, such as Kindle, Nook, iPad, Google Play, Kobo and more, and all books featured are free or deeply discounted.

As you can see, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to stock up on great reading material. All of the above options can do the trick, so check out your library’s offering, follow your favorite authors on Twitter and Facebook, join a book club, and subscribe to a daily deals email.