Sunday, July 27, 2014
Sunday Discussion--Pricing, M. Pierce, and Twitter
A few nights ago I saw a post about M. Pierce's "Last Light" cover reveal and pre-order links. I jumped right over to pre-order book two in the "Night Owl" series and saw the price was $8.89. Um they're kidding right? I remember buying book one less than a year ago for 99 cents and even not on sale it is $3.79. So....$8.89 seems a bit ridiculous right?
Well apparently not to M. Pierce twitter fans. I made some comment referencing the author and M. Pierce replied how they hoped the publisher would lower the price. I said thanks but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much for one e-book. Well that set off the hordes. Everyone started telling me about movies costing 10+ dollars for a two hour movie so 8.89 is totally worth it for one book of 'naughty pleasures'. Um...no.
First of all, I do not pay anything more than 6.25 for a movie. Why? I have a stack of discount coupons. Even then I haven't been to the theater in two years. Why? Because I can get movies for free at my local library when they come out. I don't really see the point in paying ten dollars, etc. for two hours of entertainment.
Second of all, why did it come off like I was personally attacking M. Pierce? I was merely explaining to the author why I was not going to order the book because of the price. I wasn't asking M. Pierce to change it. I wasn't rude. I wasn't saying it was a bad series. I was merely saying the price was too high to convince me to buy it. That was it. Then I started getting tweets from people telling me I was trying to convince myself the price was too high, M. Pierce's work was genius, blah blah blah. I wasn't saying any of that.
Basically I was saying 8.89 for one book that will give me three hours of reading time was too much when I could buy eight 99 cents books for 24 hours of entertainment. I have to make these calls with my limited income all the time. I cannot buy books that expensive simply because I like the series. I have a limited budget and I find spending more than half my typical book budget on one book.
Maybe I took the complaints too personally. Maybe I should have talked back to them. Maybe I should have said nothing at all. I just felt the author had the right to know why I would not be buying. I like the series but not enough to pay more than my hourly salary for the book. Maybe that makes me ridiculous but then I'll be ridiculous.