I've been reading a lot of free ebooks lately.
I do so for many reasons. I don't want to commit to a book I might hate. I read a lot. And a lot of the freebies tend to be short. (I have been known to stay up reading until 7 AM if a book sucks me in. This is especially not good on me the next day.)
I find a lot of good writers and good series via this method. Several of my favorite series I only started because book one was free. I've found some wonderful writers I would have been reluctant to try otherwise.
Some self-published authors do an excellent job. Others...not so much.
Which is another good thing about reading free ebooks. The bad books.
What good is reading a bad book? Well, for a writer, it's a valuable teaching tool.
When I read a good book, I tend to get pulled away into the fictional world of the novel. I read. I drift. I enjoy.
When I read a bad book, I think. What is wrong? What's bothering me about the story? How could it be improved? Am I guilty of similar bad writing?
Do you read free ebooks? Or do you shy away from them, fearing that they are all bad?