Thursday, February 11, 2010

E-book pricing and my thoughts.

I saw another article today about e-book pricing. So here is a quick note to everyone who is bitching and complaining about paying more than $9.99 for an e-book. Simply put; please shut the fuck up. Are you seriously complaining about $10 for one of the most enduring and long lasting forms of art? I wonder what you Mensa rejects did before the e-book? Did you steal the hard cover? Did you wait a year for the $14.99 trade? Or two years for the $9.99 mass market? To echo one of my book sellers, “If price is what determines your reading then you are NOT a reader”. Eric Jerome Dickey could put out a new book and charge $200 for it. As a fan, I would find some way to get that damn book. Period! I’m not going to sit back and complain like a lil’ bitch like you $9.99 e-book sissies!

The $9.99 price isn’t necessarily what has me so pissed off. It’s the fact that you think that should be the MOST you pay for an e-book. You e-morons suffer from the same delusional dream as Amazon. You don’t get to tell someone what you will pay for their product. You have the right to shop around and find the best price, but you don’t get to set the price. Geez!! This entire conversation is just plain stupid. It’s pathetic that we in the book industry need to have it in the first place. If you e-morons don’t want to pay $9.99 for an e-book, then don’t. But please stop crying, bearing your breast, and dumping ashes on your head like an e-book for over $9.99 is such a travesty!

Amazon put out a press release a few weeks back and, in a now infamous statement said, “McMillan has a monopoly on their titles”. No shit!!!... It’s THEIR TITLES!!! Charlie Brown had it right when he said AAARRGGGGGHHHHHHHH!!! I think publisher have the absolute right to set the price for their authors, employees, and profits. The prices will come out in the wash, they always do. A Stephen King book will cost more than a Jason Frost book because (duh) Stephen King has sold half a gazillion book and Jason Frost has not! In the same vein, his e-book should cost more than Jason’s. Seems like 1st grade math to me… but not to you kindergarten minded e-morons! You want to pay $9.99 for EVERYONE! I’ve even heard the extremely stupid argument that “these authors are rich anyway”. Please stop, you’re making my nose bleed with your dumb-assness! 1. Not every author is rich and 2. The ones that are, how do you think they got rich? They sold BOOKS!!

Anyway, the people that should be reading this probably won’t. They’re too busy bandaging up from the dry-fuck that Amazon gave them after they wasted money on the incredibly stupid and will-be-obsolete-in-six-months Kindle. Heal fast losers!

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