I would just like to point out that over Christmas I purchased four e-books for my own personal reading pleasure.
The new Lee Child.
Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand
The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag
And I’m glad I did; they were all awesome (although the new Lee Child felt oddly sadistic to me, even for Reacher). Point being, would I have gone out and bought those four books at a bookstore over the same period of time? No way–I never have time to shop and also they would have cost a lot more in hardcover.
I seriously think all will be well in the state of publishing–give it a few years and it’s going to even out again.
Jenny, entering the New Year in a spirit of optimism. And look for my official New Years post coming soon.