I’m a writer, so it stands to reason that I believe that writers should be paid for their work. However, I was a reader before I became a writer — I became a writer when I realized that people wrote the books I loved… and thought that maybe I could write books too.
Ebooks are cheap to create, so readers should be in heaven. Indeed, they might be, if publishers weren’t standing in the way. As both a reader and a writer, I’m annoyed at the prices publishers are charging for ebooks. HOW does it make sense to charge $20 for an ebook when the paperback is $7.99? In what parallel universe?
I buy a lot of ebooks. I have hundreds on my Kindle. These days, I prefer ebooks to print — I can read anywhere, and storage is a non-issue. The ebook revolution is upon us, and rather than accepting the new reality and creatively going with the flow, publishers are being idiots. They’ve always been idiots.
As this article, So how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book? – CBS News, says:
“…how much is a fair price to pay for an e-book? The boilerplate answer–whatever the market will bear–will not suffice. You can forget about the textbook definitions because this issue is going nuclear. A lot of people believe that charging $10 or more for the portability and convenience of an e-book is ridiculous.”
I still love publishers and publishing, because publishers produce books. Sadly, it seems as if publishers are rushing to throw themselves off a cliff. Instead of accepting the new reality, many (not all, thank heavens) seem set on gouging readers to maintain their status quo.
Turn Your Words Into Gold: Write and Sell An Ebook In Just Eight Hours
Here’s what I love about writing ebooks: you write them once, and they keep on selling forever.
I know several writers who’ve taken to the Kindle platform like the proverbial ducks to water. One writer friend turns out a new Kindle ebook every month, like clockwork. The last time we spoke, she had 11 ebooks selling — and her income is rising month by month.
Another writer friend mixes writing her own ebooks, with writing ebooks for others. Currently she’s been commissioned to write a biography, and a family history, for the same client. She’s finding it huge fun, and she’s making more money than she’s ever made.
The benefit of writing and selling ebooks is that once written, they can keep on selling forever. Would you trade eight hours for an income stream?
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