Send a/another copy of your book

Amazon Kindle eBook Reader

Image by goXunuReviews via Flickr

Here’s what happens. I read something about an author I have interviewed in the past and then I want to look in their book to check up on something or just re-read a passage. When I was doing interviews at tompeters.com, books were sent from publishers or PR people, sometimes I bought them, sometimes the author sent them, and sometimes I was just reading a galley. In one case I printed most of the chapters of a book from pdf files. A waste of paper? Perhaps, but I must say that I still prefer to read from paper and prefer to make notes on paper. Just a condition of my age? Probably.

I like looking up at my bookshelves and seeing the spines of books I’ve read. I like being able to reach up there and pull one down. In some cases I don’t have a physical book. I may have just read a galley. But I always thought that an author I interviewed should have made sure that I received a hard copy version of the book if I hadn’t already got one. Not just me, anyone who interviews them. Or at least ought to ask the interviewer if she/he wants a good copy of the book. Or in this day and age, at least ask them if they want a kindle version. Can PR people send out Kindle versions of books the way they do hard copy versions?

Just a thought for you authors. Your interviewer may really like your book and may continue speaking about it beyond the publication of their audio, video, or text version of your talk with them. Ask your interviewer if she wants another copy/version of the book.

Advertisements

4 responses to “Send a/another copy of your book

  1. Thank you for the tip Erik,I shall keep this in mind..ELiza Keating

  2. When I am fortunate enough to be an author in print ~ agreed. 🙂 It goes without saying. It allows a writer/broadcaster the best acquaintance with their topic: your creation! If they become a personal fan, all the better. Think of appearing on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and enabling her to say “Everyone is going home with a copy”!

    I tremendously appreciate seeing that others, environment conscious or not, GET the value and thrill of a real physical book (or page, for note making). Stephen King prefers draft editing that way. There’s something unique about holding the real deal in your hands (that doesn’t include an echo of it on “Kindle” ect). I love real mail too and on that note, am relieved Canada Post’s employee lock-out ended today.

  3. Erik Hansen

    Eliza, glad I can be helpful. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Erik Hansen

    Thanks, cm (if I may call you that). Even though Amazon seems to be selling more Kindle versions than hardcover versions, the publishers are still making physical books. And for those of who like to underline and annotate, the paper-based book is still a preferred medium. Glad to hear the postal people are back at their jobs.