Originally posted on another site on 25 February 2010.
I was doing the rounds of my blog roll (found at the bottom of this page) to catch up on other people’s news, when I came across Indie Author: Avast Ye Lubbers, And Hear Ye Me Pirate Tale of Two Clicks!.
The words not only rang true for me, I felt like climbing the tallest building in my area and shouting out my agreeance. Greed! It’s going to be the downfall of the publication industry.
Isn’t it better to sell a lot of books at a small cost than hardly to sell any books at a high price? The more people who read the books, the more people will talk about the books and the more people who will buy the books. This, long term, will be more beneficial for all concerned.
How can a publisher justify selling a printed book for $14 and an electronic version of the same book for $13? How can they sleep at night knowing they are ripping people off? Why do readers pay the price? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, an ebook should be at least half the price of the printed version.
Then again…perhaps this “ebook war” is intentional. Perhaps the publishers are deliberately sabotaging epublishing because they want it to “go away”. Or, perhaps greed is the only motivation behind their actions. If so, the industry is doomed.
I don’t like piracy. There will always be those who will never pay for anything if they can get it for free, I’m not talking about those people. I’m talking about the people like me who would prefer to do the right thing. I write and I know the effort and sweat that goes into one manuscript. I want the creator of that manuscript to get what is due to them, but I understand why people turn to piracy when the asking price is set much too high.
What makes me angry is that the solution is simple. Stop being greedy and lower the prices! Again, this will be more beneficial for everyone.