Frustrations from an eBook reader
Hi everyone –
I'm a generally a happy, optimistic person. It takes a lot to rile me up...
But my friends... I am RILED!
I’ll do my best to keep this little rant short…
I’ve blogged here before about my love for my Kindle and my newfound love of eBooks. I find hands-free, larger font, never-lose-your-place reading to be a gift from the gods.
I have bought about 3 times more books since I got my Kindle. It’s SO easy to go snatch up an author’s entire backlist! Wow! Instead of having to remember the author’s name next time I’m in the bookstore, only to find they don’t carry any of the older backlist books, I can now buy an author’s entire series and have it in my kindle in less than 5 minutes!
We live in amazing times!!!
My Mom owns a Nook. I asked her about the book buying phenomenon and she confirmed that she too, is buying at least 3 times as many books now…
So what is New York Publishing’s problem???
I finally got around to reading Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. (Love it!) Anyway, each eBook was $7.99 the same cost as the mass market paperback. Annoying since I’m not buying a physical product, but I can stomach it.
Until I got to the most recent release.
River Marked just came out in March of this year from Ace. On Amazon the hardcover goes for $16.00, the paperback for $7.99 and the eBook version…
This is like a slap in the face to faithful eBook readers. We like our digital device. We pay our money and no trees are harmed.
And yet we have to pay more for a digital version than for a printed paperback book that also has to be shipped across the country??? *boggle*
Who does this math?
I refuse to pay it. I refuse! Give me a break New York! I’m not paying $12.99 for an eBook and I won’t be bullied into buying the paperback when I wanted to download to my Kindle.
So I won’t get to see Mercy and Adam get married for now. I’m so annoyed and irritated I might not get the book even after the price finally comes down… Although I like Patricia Briggs and it’s not her fault they jacked up the eBook price so…
How long does traditional publishing think they can do this to readers? More Kindles and Kindle Fires will be under the Christmas trees this year. More people will discover the joy of hands-free reading…
And will traditional publishers still try to strong arm readers into buying a paper book?
What are your thoughts?
*frustrated eBook lover*