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Fan Girl Friday

February 24, 2012 | Fan Girl Friday

Thanks to free for a limited time offers and deep discounts in December my Kindle has pages of titles I haven’t read. There are still books I don’t own that I’m fairly certain I want to read. So with the list in front of me I logged on to acquire a few books, on the third title my mouse hovered over the buy button, but I couldn’t click. The Kindle version costs more than the mass market release. :angry:

I prefer to read digital by a huge margin. The author is one I really enjoy and I know authors have no direct input into either pricing or distribution decisions. An author does decide which publisher and literary agency to sign with and she should consider her target audience.

I can’t bring myself to pay a premium price for an ebook. There are other authors and I find new favorites when I experiment with new-to-me voices. Will price alone make me buy a book? No, but it will keep me from buying a book.

Is the convenience of digital worth extra money? Am I being cheap and silly? How do you feel about pricing?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

2 Responses to “Fan Girl Friday”

  1. Allie Ritch Says:

    I don’t think price is important (within reason) for people who are just light, casual readers. For us voracious readers – the types with a TBR list that runs into next year – price is very important. If there are hundreds of e-books we want to read, and one sticks out as much more expensive, we probably won’t buy that one electronically. Personally, I like a mix of e-books and print books. Each format has a different feel to it.

  2. Evanne Says:

    You’re so tactful and reasonable, Allie!

    I’m torn on this subject. I want to support my favorite authors and many of the cheap and free titles aren’t worth the price.

    Voracious is the perfect word to describe my reading. The digital medium works much better for my tired eyes. Still, I have to be desperate to read a particular title to pay a premium to do so. Much like the old days, when I had to decide which authors I bought in hardback. For a cheap girl with a big reading habit… it’s always been a short list. :lol:

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