1 2 3 4 First Previous 47 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2015 9:03 AM by captainnook

    Free books mostly for women

    nlstein

      Is it me or does everyone find that most (not all) of the "free book" offerings are for women? Or, they are older, public domain books you can get anywhere.

       

      I realize the books are free and I shouldn't complain, but aren't there some non-romance books that B&N could offer?

       

      Maybe I'm looking at this all wrong.

        • 1. Re: Free books mostly for women
          keriflur

          There's no such thing as "books for women", there are just books. Men read romance too, just not in the same numbers. All the genders read all the genres.

           

          That said, B&N could offer more genres. I think they get into a rut sometimes.

          1 of 1 people found this helpful
          • 2. Re: Free books mostly for women
            nlstein

            I 'm sorry but there are most definitely books written specifically for a female audiance. Sorry if you find my definition incorrect. What I was talking about was "romance" novels written mostly for that audiance which apparently you understood. I'm sorry for the misunderstanding but not for the question - still unanswered.

             

            The "rut" as you call it has been going on for a long time. Makes it hard for me to call it a "rut". You are absolutley correct in one point, "All the genders read all the genres". I'd just like to see some other genres more often.

             

            • 3. Re: Free books mostly for women
              Froide

              Two bits:

              1. Wikipedia: Chick lit
              2. MobileRead Forums > E-Book GeneralReload this Page Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion)

               

              • 4. Re: Free books mostly for women
                kamas716

                They are still courting 'Julie', apparently she's the only one who visits B&N much anymore.

                • 5. Re: Free books mostly for women
                  nlstein

                  Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately I am not talking about "Chick Lit" but books with covers showing men with their shirts off - commonly called modern romance. The books I'm discussing have little if anything to do with female self improvement and mostly to do with female gradification.

                   

                  I think kamas716 has it right. B&N, in their infinite wisdom, is courting "Julie" and not me.

                  • 6. Re: Free books mostly for women
                    Froide
                    • The Chick Lit link addresses keriflur's statement, "There's no such thing as 'books for women'", and your reply, "there are most definitely books written specifically for a female audiance[sic]".
                    • The MobileRead link addresses your stated desire to find "some non-romance books".
                    1 of 1 people found this helpful
                    • 7. Re: Free books mostly for women
                      nlstein

                      Thanks for straightening me out on the Wiki link although , as I said, while it does help prove my point it's not actually the description of the type of books I'm talking about - but close enough to help kerifiur understand that there are indeed books written for a female group.

                       

                      I was already aware of MobileRead (I've been reading ebooks for more than10 years and ran across it years ago) but thanks for pointing it out. Although I can always go there for "free" books I was more interested in B&N's offerings and why they seem aimed at a certain audience. Maybe that's the only type of book they can offer "free". I'm sure they have a wide audience.

                       

                      Thanks again.

                      • 8. Re: Free books mostly for women
                        javabird

                        I think what you are pointing out is that most of the free offerings seem to be romance books, which are aimed at a mostly female audience. That said, not all women care for them.

                         

                        Unfortunately, free books are whatever the publisher wants to offer as free.

                        1 of 1 people found this helpful
                        • 9. Re: Free books mostly for women
                          nlstein

                          Correct and most likely true.

                           

                          Thanks.

                           

                          P.S., See, that wasn't so hard to understand.

                          • 10. Re: Free books mostly for women
                            keriflur

                            Again, there's no such thing as "books for women." The statement is inherently sexist. There are men who like romance. There are men who like pictures of other men with their shirts off. There are men who enjoy reading about sex. To state that these books are "for women" implies that they are "not for men" and that's a sexist falsehood. All books are for everyone who wants to read them.

                            • 11. Re: Free books mostly for women
                              bobstro
                              While there have been plenty of freebies for a general audience, I've found damned few that appeal to me. Then again, I'm already buying, so perhaps my demographic just isn't affected by free offerings as much and the publishers don't see a compelling need to "tempt" me. 

                              Most of what I see are pulpy serials intended to be mass-consumed. I wouldn't necessarily call them "for women" so much as for a mass consumption audience. Romance, vampires, zombies, juvenile fantasy and such. Giving a one-off quality title away doesn't  make sense, whereas giving away a taster for one of a never-ending series does. I'm sure they're all hoping to be the next Harry Potter or 50 Shades. 

                              Meanwhile, I can find freebies but I have to go look for them. I'm OK with that. It would be nice if B&N had a curated selection available to get one started. I don't need them to drop into my lap, but starting out, I would have liked to avoid wading through a lot of the freebie trash and tentacle porn that came up in searches. I've found the solution is to avoid searching at B&N. This is another area where B&N could provide a significant value-add, but doesn't. 
                              1 of 1 people found this helpful
                              • 12. Re: Free books mostly for women
                                nlstein

                                Guess that makes me sexist. Oh well, now everyone knows.

                                • 13. Re: Free books mostly for women
                                  bobstro

                                  So is "bodice ripper" a sexist term, or a term to describe sexist (but apparently popular) sub-genre? If a sexist sub-genre is primarily read by one demographic, what do we call that?

                                  1 of 1 people found this helpful
                                  • 14. Re: Free books mostly for women
                                    bobstro

                                    and why is my 1st response being moderated while my 2nd seems to have gone right out?

                                    1 2 3 4 First Previous