I don’t have an e-reader. I’m just not ready for it.
But I can see the advantages of e-readers, and not just the convenience. Writers are now using the data collected from e-readers to make their writing better.
I think this is great. Some people commenting on this article, not so much.
Because of e-readers, writers and publishers can tell how long it took for someone to read a book, whether they stopped mid-way and didn’t pick it up for a month, or whether or not the reader even finished it. If I had a book out, this info would be so important.
So [data from e-readers] can give the author specific feedback. You know, ’35 percent of the people who bought this book quit after the first two chapters.’
That’s the kind of vital information a writer wants to know. Personally, if I had an e-reader, I wouldn’t mind having this kind of data collected from me. What do I care whether someone out there knows that I read like a snail? As long as it helps a fellow writer, I don’t mind.
Maybe it could be something a reader opts into, allowing access to their reading stats. I may not be rushing out to buy an e-reader, but kudos to those who could be helping authors everywhere.