I started to write this post last week, and I stopped. I stopped because I figured I was overreacting and using my "cheap" button. But, today, again, in an even more obvious example, I've realized that I need to speak up. I'm an avid reader and I'm ANGRY!
I've been reading for 46 years. I've read everything from Homer to Shakespeare to Alcott to one-book authors no one's ever heard of. I read books just for the sheer joy of reading. When we go on vacation, my husband makes sure that I get my bookstore fix before we leave, so that I have at least 6 books to take with me. That's how much I read.
Having said that, I own a Kindle2, which I ADORE. NOTHING is better than my Kindle2. Nothing. I took to reading on the Kindle like a duck takes to swimming in the water. Love it. I've read almost 200 books on my Kindle in fact, including about 35 that I got for free from Amazon. So why am I so angry?
All of a sudden, ebooks are now $12.99. Are you KIDDING me?? I can't touch it or feel it and you want me to pay $12.99 for it?? Take Oprah's Book Club Choice, "Freedom." I wanted to read it. It's $15 for the hard copy and $12.99 for the Kindle version. Um. No. I'm not buying it. In fact, I'm so angry, I'm not reading the book at all. AND. I wrote to Oprah about it. The publishers have gone crazy. I assume that the ebook market is really hot. I assume that they are printing less pages of real hardcopy books, so they've decided to make up the difference and charge more for ebooks. I feel for the authors, because they will lose out. I am not the only person who loves books and won't pay $12.99 for an ebook. I'm out of space to store more books. I read a book once and can't ever read it again because I have a photographic memory and know what happens next. I can see the pages. Therefore, buying a hardcopy book is a waste.
Fast forward to today. On Facebook, someone posts about this book that they loved."The Art of Racing in the Rain". Sounded intriguing, so I went to Amazon, all ready to download it. I was ready to pay $9.99 for it, then realized that it is only $5.97. Wait. What?
Yes, don't get me started again, but needless to say, if the price goes down on the hardcopy, don't assume your readers are stupid and will just blindly pay $9.99 for the Kindle version. If I were stupid, would I have a Kindle in the first place?
Does this seem like brilliant marketing for the Kindle to you?
Yep. I'm pissed and blogging. And I now have a list of TWO books I really want to read but won't until I can find them for a better price. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, publishers!