Daily Archives: April 1, 2010

Paperless and not a bit happy with publishers right now

For almost two years now, I’ve been paperless when it comes to books other than the ones I check out from the library or win from review sites.
I love eBooks. I’ll never switch back to bulky, space consuming, easy to lose, always need a booklight paper again.
So when I logged on to Fictionwise to get the followup to Gail Carriger’s Soulless, Changeless, I was surprised to see none of Carriger’s books were there. Especially since I bought Soulless less than a week ago.
I haven’t really paid all that much attention to the agency model shift in pricing of eBooks. Until now.
I hope the publishers can figure something out—soon.
It’s ridiculous to ask readers to pay more for eBooks than they do for paper books. If the book is a new release, set the eBook price to the new release price whether that’s hardcover, trade or mass market. If it’s been released in mass market, set the price at the mass market price point.
I don’t see the problem.
I do know more and more people are turning to eBooks. If we can’t get those books, we’ll find different books to buy. At least I did. That’s why I have two new Michelle Willingham’s and a Victoria Dahl.
It’ll be a shame if I can’t finish the The Parasol Protectorate series. But I’m not going to pay more for the eBook than I would pay for paper. I hope I’m not alone.

A Positive From Loss

We lost an amazing former student this week. He died in a football accident at college.
I didn’t know him that well, but his girlfriend was mine and some of his best friends were mine, so I saw him.
The thing I remember most about him is that everywhere he went, he brought smiles. He truly lived each day to the fullest. He served others and led. It was an incredibly sad week at school.
One of the good things to come from this is the attention that’s been given to organ donation. Zach was a donor. We know one of his organs already went to a teenager who would’ve died soon without his generosity.
I signed up online to be a donor. I hope you will, too. It’s super easy.
Click here.