For Christmas this past year I received to my delight a Kindle e-reader. I wasn’t certain what I thought of e-readers at that time, but since then, I have found that I LOVE my Kindle. I don’t have to go out to get new books from the bookstore. I don’t have to pay for shipping and wait for it to arrive if I go on-line. I search, I buy, I have, all within moments, a new book to read right at my greedy fingertips. I love it.
Of course now that I have had the Kindle for a bit, I have found several things that are a bit hinky if you ask me. First, unless you really are paying attention you can get gipped in the book department. I was searching for a good read, and found a nice $.99 book that sounded intriguing. So I purchased it and began to read. I flipped from page one to page two and the percentage of the book I had read went from 1% to 8%. Yep, I just purchased a 12 page book. Of course I was a bit annoyed, but I learned a valuable lesson: check to see how big the download is before you buy, otherwise you too can be purchasing a 12 page novel.
The next thing on the hinky side is the cost of some ebooks. First as an author myself, I KNOW that ebooks are almost all profit. There is no printing, there is no cover, there is no shipping, there is no storage. Aside from the initial set up, it’s just profit. That is one of the reasons print books have become so expensive, all the above. So, I was recommended a read from one of my followers a few weeks back. I searched it down and saw that to purchase the print book it was $7.99. To purchase the ebook, it was $7.49. To me? That is a very greedy, horrible deal. Yes, the author makes more money, but frankly, I am not buying books to make authors money. I am buying books to be entertained, to learn something new, or for whatever. So, here me now all you publishers, and self publishing authors out there, if you are going to gouge your readers with that kind of a crappy deal, I will not be buying your books. Even if I really want to read it, I wont be spending my money on you. Shame on you. I’m not saying they need to all be $.99 books. I don’t expect that at all. But $.50? Seriously?
So the question is am I wrong? Why? Ebooks are a wonderful new thing. But, you can’t share them; you can’t pass them along to libraries; you can’t take them to “used” stores to re-sell; you get it, you read it, that’s it. What do you think?