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Offline YordanZh

Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #30 on: October 14, 2015, 08:09:27 PM »
So what do Bulgarians use?

Very few people here read e-books and 95% of those that do pirate them as Rostum said, yes. Ebooks are very hard to sell here, mainly because their prices here are almost as high as those of paper books, so folks just pirate. As for an alternative to Goodreads - there's a bunch of quite huge (for our standards) Fb groups, but that's all. Some people use GR, of course, but even "bestselling" Bg books rarely reach 3 digits when it comes to GR ratings.

Anyway, sorry, I didn't mean to derail the topic. :)

Offline JamesLatimer

Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2015, 10:43:53 AM »
But that's not really going to cut it. You're not competing with the worst of trad-pubbed fiction, but the best. I already own unread books by Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence, Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, Robin Hobb, Terry Pratchett and many others, without even straying outside the fantasy genre, which is less than 50% of my reading as it is. Why would I choose to read an indie fantasy ahead of those? It's going to have to have something very appealing about it to get past that.
This is true, and I've got a huge pile of books by traditionally published authors, old and new, to get through...but the book still has to appeal to me, not just the name on the cover, so if an indie/SP author comes up with an idea that appeals to me and executes it well, then they've got a chance - IF I can find it. (The problem is, as your post said, that they are often generic, and there are tons of generic fantasies by professional authors that I haven't read yet, so...)

Offline DrNefario

Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #32 on: October 15, 2015, 01:18:30 PM »
I guess the other thing that will actually get me to read them is if I do borrow them from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. I'll have a deadline, then. You only get one loan a month, and I'll have to read it in time to make use of the next month's loan.

Offline Matamelcan

Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2015, 05:10:52 AM »
I personally think it can reveal many gems among the general crap that floats among it.
'The Farting Zombie' was one such horrific title I stumbled across.

Never again... Never again...
"Deep within the dark embrace of the forest, under massive boughs and a roof of intertwined limbs, several elves bowed their heads, lips moving silently in prayer, the raging storm lost to them in the tranquility of their faith."

Offline ClintACK

Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2015, 05:39:48 PM »
I personally think it can reveal many gems among the general crap that floats among it.
'The Farting Zombie' was one such horrific title I stumbled across.

Never again... Never again...

Must resist the urge to go to Amazon and look for 'The Farting Zombie'.

Must resist.

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Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #35 on: October 20, 2015, 06:03:01 PM »
I personally think it can reveal many gems among the general crap that floats among it.
'The Farting Zombie' was one such horrific title I stumbled across.

Never again... Never again...

Must resist the urge to go to Amazon and look for 'The Farting Zombie'.

Must resist.

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Re: What do you think of Self-Published books?
« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2015, 06:18:05 PM »
The Phantom Fart, The Burping Zombie, Dawn of the Dehydrated Dead, The Phantom Squeaker

Can't help but think The Farting Zombie is fiction written by Tina Belcher