Price of Ebooks

I’m getting close to finishing Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, so I’ve been thinking of Stone of Tears, the second book in the series.

On Amazon, the mass market paperback version is $8.99, and the ebook version is $8.54.  That’s just silly.  Yes the ebook is less expensive than the print book, but not by much.  I’m not going to buy an ebook for $8.54.  In fact, I generally don’t buy ebooks that are more than $4.  I can get the print book used for about $4 after shipping, so that’s what I’m going to do.

This has an interesting side-effect.  If the ebook was priced lower, say at $4, I would buy that instead, and the author, Terry Goodkind, would get a percentage of that sale.  But because the price of the ebook is so high, I’ll be buying it used.  The person I buy the used book from will get the money, and the author won’t get any of it.

I know the author isn’t in charge of the ebook’s price, the publisher is, because he published through a publisher instead of publishing directly.  But if the ebook price was set more reasonably the author and the publisher would be making more sales, and more money, than they’re otherwise making.  As it is, my sale is going to the used book market.

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StoryBundle

I just recently found out about the StoryBundle.  This is a system very similar to the recent Humble ebook Bundle, where you pay what you want for a group of DRM-free ebooks and if you pay above a certain amount, you get some extra ebooks.

Right now they’re offering Halloween-appropriate books, and their selection of books changes every month, with the majority of the books written by indie authors.  Check it out.

The Dakota Cipher Review

I just finished reading The Dakota Cipher by William Dietrich.  It’s a book set in the 1800s, in which Ethan Gage, the main character of other Dietrich books as well, winds up getting involved in a plot to find an ancient Norse artifact.  This book chronicles his adventures crossing part of early America as he searches for this artifact.

The book is a bit different than my normal fare.  I picked it up on a whim, but overall I’m glad I did.  William Dietrich has a very nice writing style that’s colorful, descriptive, and flows well.

Be warned though, some parts of the book deal with things that might not sit well with those that have tender sensibilities.

The book is a good read and as long as you’re a fan of adventure stories, good writing, and you’re not easily offended, I would recommend it.

The Dakota Cipher

I recently went to my local Dollar Tree… which is one of those stores where everything is $1, for those not familiar with such things… and came across a book called The Dakota Cipher by William Dietrich.  Its cover looks interesting with an ancient golden artifact emblazoned on the front, and the story has to do with a mythological mystery.

Whenever I see a book at the Dollar Tree it makes me wonder how it got there, and I’ve never heard of this author before but I figured for $1, it’d be worth checking out.  This is what I’m reading next.