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01/31/2010

My 2 Cents On the Kindle/MacMillan Flap

I buy a lot of books. A couple hundred or more a year. Some in print, some ebook, very, very, very seldom in hardback. Why? I'm just not going to pay 25 bucks for a book. Not going to happen. I pains me that paperbacks have gotten as high as they are. I won't pay more than $9.99 for a paperback book. Nope, not going to do it. What about ebooks? $9.99 is my top dollar. I don't care if it's my favorite author and I've been waiting two years for his newest book. I'm not going to pay more than $9.99 for an ebook. That's already too much. I don't know how other people feel about this whole argument. More and more information is coming out all the time, but I think the people that are getting screwed here are the authors and the book buyers. And it's not Amazon that's doing the screwing. 

For a well written overview of what's taking place, take a look at this blog post by April Hamilton 

The publishing industry is changing. And it's a major change. Almost as big as when the printing press took over all those many, many years ago. Publishers need to remember that if the book buying public stops buying books, they will soon be out of the publishing business. 

And that's all I have to say about that.

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