I told y’all about Patterson’s plan to write these short books to be priced below $5 and aimed to be read in just a couple of hours. I think the first ones released this week and the reviews have not been kind. I won’t be buying these but I’ve gathered people don’t like the format. The first one stars Alex Cross, Patterson’s flagship character, but the book simply has no ending. At least that’s what I’ve read. Which leads me to believe there will be a continuation of the story in a future BookShot or one of his novels. But no one wants to read a book with no ending.
We all know someone or several people who will not read. They make excuses or say that books are old fashioned. Heck, you wouldn’t believe how many people walk into my HPB and say they can’t believe people still read books. It’s one of those things I can only akwardky laugh at. Because it’s a ridiculous statement.
Anyway, James Patterson has all those people in his sights with his forthcoming BookShots. BookShots (don’t know where the name came from) will be his way of getting those people reading. How? By writing shorter, more plot driven books that are meant to be read in one sitting. The books will be less than 150 pages and cheaper than $5. The aim is to publish 2-4 of these each month. And also to get these books into stores that don’t typically sell books anymore.
Now I have no problem with him trying to get as many people reading as he can, but I would like to remind Mr. Patterson of something. Other bestselling authors already do this with things like Kindle Singles. And those are generally priced between $0.99-$2.99. So I’m just skeptical that this will actually get people reading. And I honestly think Patterson’s name is both good and bad for this. It’s good because there’s no doubt in my mind that people who read his other work will read these. It’s bad because those who don’t, won’t.
What I think will ultimately happen is he’ll keep selling a ridiculous number of books because he’s simply got the math on his side. But I don’t really see his attempt at reviving the dime novel being any more successful than that.
What do you think of Patterson’s BookShots? Destined for success? Failure?