Ebooks, Little Women, & Combat Shopping
Late last week I “picked up” a new ebook from a small press. I read only a short way into it and realized it didn’t meet my standards for craft, storytelling, or character presentation. Bummer.
So I “picked up” another ebook, this one a sample. Not from a small press, but the prose was dull and the bones of the plot showed through. Still, there was something about the concept that caught my interest, so I told Nookita to check it out at the store. Oh, wow, really? Almost ten dollars for this ebook?
There’s a reason some of my ebooks are priced at 99c–it’s a Try Me strategy. The first book mentioned above was a Try Me priced book, and I was okay with taking that chance even when it didn’t pan out.
There’s a reason the rest of my works are priced reasonably--and why we have that philosophy over at Backlist eBooks, too. Mine are 99c for the stories, $1.49 for the novella, and $3.99 for the full-priced books–because I think ebooks should cost a reasonable amount. That second book’s price isn’t one I’ll pay for my favorite authors, never mind a casual read.
So after an evening like I had last week, what’s a reader to do?
Go back to Little Women, that’s what. Luxuriate in the tried-and-true, and retreat, for the moment, from the combat shopping experience ebooks sometimes offer. Besides, I first read this book so very long ago (as in, when I could still count my age on both hands), so I don’t remember the details. And Jo is up to something–!
I’ll poke my head out again bye-and-bye. Read any good, reasonably priced ebooks lately?