Do you let people borrow your favorite books? I used to.
If I loved a book, I had to share it with others. So I’d lend it, hoping they’d get the same rush from the story as I did.
My guess is most of us authors on this blog have had a reader come up to them and say, “I absolutely loved your book! I’ve passed it around to at least a dozen people!” We smile and say thank you and sincerely mean it, but if we’re honest, there’s a tiny spot inside that says, “I wish a few of your twelve friends could have skipped two trips to Starbucks and bought a copy.”
Not so we can get rich. But make a living? Yes. There’s this dream most authors carry of not having to work another job. Of writing full-time. And when we’re making eighty cents to a $1 per every book we sell, yeah, we’d love it if there’d be less passing and more buying.
But now I’m going to contraindicate myself and tell you to pass our books around as much as you want. Why? Because there will always be the library reader who hasn’t stepped into a Barnes and Noble in ten years, and the borrower who reads a book and never needs to see it on his shelf, but on the other hand there will also always be the reader who must own their own copy of a favorite book—be it in paper form or e-reader form.
And the best way to tell those people about our novels is to have you hand them a copy of one of our books. So pass on, we appreciate it greatly.
Talk to us. Are you a buyer or a borrower? A library connoisseur? Do you lend your books out? Are there some books you’ll rarely lend out because you might not get them back?