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Low E-book Pricing: The Compensation Problem by Catherine,Caffeinated.

As a few of my friends already know, I have been working on my first cookbook (as well as its future siblings) for far too long now. Every time I think I might just possibly be close to maybe, sort of finishing my project, I find a thousand more things I should do to it yet.

Catherine, Caffeinated’s post made me consider the financial aspect of publishing, whereas my main concern has been just to get the darn book finished and maybe even printed (gasp!).  She refutes the argument that cheap e-books drive down the market value of pricier works from publishing houses.  This situation feels very déjà vu: the music industry also tried to argue that cheaper access to songs would be the end of life as we know it.

Letting me buy my favorite song online is a win for the music industry. It didn’t lose the $20 I didn’t spend on the entire album. I never would have spent the money for the album in the first place. I might spend a buck or two to get my favorite song, but I am far too cheap to relinquish a twenty dollar bill (or even a ten spot).

Catherine reasons similarly. Readers buying 99 cent books are not lost sales for the author selling $25 volumes. These readers would never have spent the  $25 to begin with. These are 2 entirely separate demographics.

I will gladly buy a hard copy of my favorite authors, but not until I have had multiple opportunities to sample and enjoy their work. Every time I have invested in a movie, album, or book without previewing it first, I have been disappointed. However, if I go to the library and find I enjoy one book by an author, I usually check out more books. If I still enjoy reading that author after a couple of books, I often begin to purchase the books, especially if it something hard to get from libraries (like Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game trilogy, Aspirin’s Myth series, or various manga series for my kids).

Anyway, Catherine, Caffeinated and her post about the Harrogate Crime Festival brouhaha and e-book pricing is very insightful. I also found it amusing that such intelligent people could have such a petty argument in public. Either way, the blog entry was a good read. Besides, how could anyone with such a pink typewriter not be entertaining?

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