Ugh. I saw a blog review for an awesome book and I so wanted to snag a copy so I could get lost in the world. So I went to Amazon. And the ebook is $9.99. Argh.
Yeah, I know, you've heard it all before. But I guess I'll keep repeating it until either my book budget gets loads healthier or something changes in the way traditional publishing prices their ebooks.
Come to think of it, I'll probably still bitch if I ever have loads of money. It's the principle of the thing. And it's driving me away from reading traditionally published books - new, anyway. I still pick up hardcopy traditional books used.
Unfortunately, used books don't make the author a damned bit of money. Which makes me kind of sad.
And authors really aren't making that much on the sale of the book originally. Which is irritating, but a reality of traditional publishing.
But, as a self-employed, self-publisher who is also an avid reader, I have to get my reading fix where I can. Which leaves out new trad-pub books in any format unless I can find them in the thrift shops. (I smooth over my conscience by writing reviews where I can.)
Surely, I can't be the only one. Readers have a limited amount of money to spend, for the most part. So, I'm guessing, they either buy traditional and read less, or they eschew traditional and surf the waves looking for bargains. Or maybe they do a mix of both.
I picked up six books last week for a grand total of 99c. Five freebies and one 99center. One was a dud, sure, but it wasn't the one I paid for, so it's all good. Paying for duds pisses me off, but I can get over it quicker when they're 99c than if they were $9.99. If I accidentally drop a $1 bill through a hole in my pocket, I'm way less irritated than if it had been a $10.
Anyway, the book I mentioned originally lost a sale. And they lost a review. I'm sure no one cares about one little reader and one little review. But like I said, I can't be the only one who feels this way. Ten readers lost? A hundred? It starts to add up when you think about it. But I guess they aren't thinking about it. So sad.
Do you stick to a book budget? How do you choose where to spend your limited funds?