Okay, I've read a few places (okay, this really is just in response to the 2BRead post) in blogland about readers buying books used or getting them from the library and rather than chiming in there, I'm posting it here. So there.
I buy a lot of books new each month. Anywhere from $30 to $100 (which I know is far less than some people, but is a lot to me and I feel fairly comfortable off, financially). But that's still not enough to buy all the books I'm interested in. Would you, the author, rather I didn't read the books at all rather than have me pick them up used or from the library?
For many many people, the choice isn't to buy new or used/library, but to read it or not. Face it, life's expensive. And we're not going to be thinking about someone else's when we make the budget for the month. I mean, I think about it more because I read so many author blogs, but readers in blogland are probably a minuscule amount of the buyers. The average romance reader isn't thinking that the author needs to make money, they're thinking they need to save money.
Perhaps there are just too many choices each month and the collective money that people have to spend on romances is just stretched too thin. Not that I'm suggesting that we have less choice, but it's just not possible for people to buy every single book they think looks good new. It just plain isn't.
I suppose all I can suggest is to write the best damn book you can, get the name out there where readers will see or hear it. And get a good cover. I'm a sucker for a good cover and that has led me to many new authors (okay, so this one is just one of my pet loves). And well, hope that publishers start better advertising. Other than that, I don't know.
But for now, I'm still going to take advantage of my library and used bookstores. And I'll still buy books new. Until authors can find a way to give me more money each month, I'm still going to be buying from the used bookstore and checking things out from the library.