You are correct in that many people pick up books at the library, used book stores, etc. I am an author, yet I do the same thing. Why? Because I can't always afford to purchase the amount of books that my family (including four children) read. That is not to say, however, that I don't purchase newly released author books, especially if they are signed by the author. There is something special about an autographed book that makes people want to keep them. How much, for instance, is a first edition signed by Stephen King worth? And autographed books make wonderful gifts, especially for those people who "have everything."
So, while I will also continue to frequent my local library for favorites, I will also purchase books from book stores, as well as autographed copies by my favorite authors...just as I have a loyal following of "friends" who come to my book signings to get a specially autographed copy of one of my books. :-)
> I wonder if a lot of people don't get
> their books the way I and my husband do:
> We read library books; we pick up second-
> hand books at the library store or used-
> book stores, if one takes our fancy. ...IMHO,
> BC should turn out to be more of a help
> than a hindrance, even to new authors.
> After all, who is going to buy a book if
> they have never even heard of it or its
> author? Consider this site free
> advertising, please!