Book Loaning: 3 Reasons Self-Published Authors Shouldn’t Fret Over People Borrowing Their Book Instead of Buying it.

As a self-published author, you’ve put a lot of money into your book and getting it “out there”. It will be a while before you break even, let alone start turning a profit. So when you see people talking about lending out your book, or people borrowing it from a friend, should it stress you out?


That is great!

It’s a compliment

See the thing is, I only talk up and loan out books that I loved. Books aren’t like smells. You know, when people are like, “Man that reeks! Smell it!” I only suggest books when I loved them. And I loan my books out when I am desperate to have someone to talk about them with!

It’s free marketing

In other words, if someone is loaning out your book, that is a huge compliment. If someone is borrowing it, they have been talking to someone else about it. Your book being talked about, and read because of a conversation, is not only a good thing, that is free, effective marketing!

It’s probably a future sale

Most books I have borrowed and liked, I have gone back and bought so that I could re-read them whenever I want, and loan them out to other friends. Also if your book is a part of a series, if they liked the book they borrowed, they will probably invest in the rest of your books as well.


It isn’t such a bad thing to have people wanting to borrow and read your book for free. As long as you have a good book, you shouldn’t be worried at all. 🙂

Have a good week, friends!



Published by brandy ange

I am an author, a reader, a craftsman, and a fitness enthusiast. I write about all of my passions, and love to share my experiences with friends and strangers alike! Stay tuned to read more about what I'm writing, and what this crazy self publishing endeavor looks like. I post new content on Tuesdays, and will alternate between my passions. Thanks for joining in this adventure called life with me! God Bless!

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