Dean Wesley Smith, whose blog I love, has a post about ebook prices, in which he reposts a comment about how low ebook prices are bad; discerning customers believe anything priced at $.99 is crap, and besides, authors should be willing to think of their short-story ebooks like a Starbucks coffee: $5 gets you 15 minutes of entertainment. (Starbucks has physical substance, but the ebook can be read again, and in some cases, loaned out; it pretty much balances.)

While I can understand their points, I disagree with some of their conclusions because I think they're missing some of the factors involved in ebook purchases. I made a comment which was long enough (and borderline-ranty enough) that I'm reposting it here:

I don't actually expect to convince anyone over there; I'd just like them to think about a few more factors when setting prices. )
I read a lot of publishing & ebook related blogs. (Including Teleread.) That means I see a lot of links to other blogs, that I don't regularly read, and forum discussions in places I don't normally hang out. And *that* means I see a lot of posts that express opinions I sharply disagree with, and after over a decade of getting into screaming flamewars experience with online debate, I've realized that very few bloggers (or anyone else, really) love to have a total stranger show up after they post something controversial just to say "dude, you are so damned wrong about that."

In this particular case, I don't think she's "horribly wrong" as much as "has a skewed perspective."

She's comparing the price of ebooks to the price of songs, by word count, and pointing out how hard authors work, and how they deserve to be paid for that, and how buying a car doesn't entitle you to free tires, and therefore buying a Kindle doesn't entitle you to free or even cheap ebooks.

I never thought an ereader entitled me to free books )


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