Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ebook pricing: Preston vs. Konrath



JA Konrath is never shy about taking a side in the ongoing battles between the Big 6 publishing firms, their authors, and Amazon.com.

Below is a sample:

Douglas Preston: “The sense of entitlement of the American consumer is absolutely astonishing,” said Douglas Preston, whose novel “Impact” reached as high as No. 4 on The New York Times’s hardcover fiction best-seller list earlier this month. “It’s the Wal-Mart mentality, which in my view is very unhealthy for our country. It’s this notion of not wanting to pay the real price of something.”
  
Joe sez: We know you want ebook prices high. We know that's your agenda. So you keep popping up in the media, spouting bullshit and trying to convince people you're helping them.
 

What does Ed say about all this?

I certainly am not one of the information-wants-to-be-free crowd.

I’ve written before that streaming services like Spotify devalue art to an undesirable degree. If artists—be they writers, filmmakers, or musicians—can’t make a living (even once they achieve popularity), then eventually nothing of quality will be made anymore.

Nevertheless, I would assert that $27 (the retail sticker price for Preston’s latest novel) is objectively too high.

In other words, while I’m not arguing for free, I also recognize that the New York publishing establishment has become bloated and inefficient.

 And that that’s why Douglas Preston’s latest novel has a sticker price approaching $30.

No comments: