New Site Tries To Explain To Book Authors & Publishers Why People Choose Not To Buy

from the reasons-not-to-buy dept

Eric Goldman points us to a new site,, that lets people publicly explain why they either chose not to buy or simply could not buy an ebook they had originally intended to buy. That could be that the price is too high, DRM, geographical restrictions, etc. The idea, obviously, is to collect enough examples of this and to let publishers know that they're making mistakes in how they pitch and sell ebooks. Of course, it's not clear how much of the information and examples is actually accurate, so I'd take it with a pretty big grain of salt. That said, we frequently do hear stories of people being stymied from giving money they want to give due to ridiculous pricing and/or restrictions.
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    bshock, 16 Nov 2010 @ 12:56pm

    another anecdote

    I read numerous ebooks, but I have never purchased one.

    To me, ebooks in general are not something to buy. Why should I waste money on something that can be obtained freely? That is, what's the difference between downloading a book and borrowing it from a library? Claiming there is some sort of emergent distinction in media type is just a way of rationalizing a rather feeble scheme to extract money from sheep in human form.

    At some point, somebody bought that library book, just as somebody bought that ebook. I'd return a library book, but with an ebook, I can just erase it or forget about it, because nothing physical was taken and I'm not depriving anyone of anything. (I'm certainly not depriving the author or publisher of any more money than I would in borrowing a library book.)

    Best of all, with both library books and ebooks, I can take a chance on authors I don't know. I'd have to be a fool to spend money on something I might hate, and I have certainly hated a lot of books I've started to read. When I find an author or series I like, though, I might actually start spending money. If I like the work enough, I might buy (and have bought) physical copies. If the author sells some sort of accompanying merchandise, I might buy (and have bought) some of that. If I really want to read the author's next work and think that it won't be available online for a week or two after Amazon could delivery a physical copy, then I'll order (and have ordered) the physical copy.

    You can spend all day trying to fool yourself into believing that "reasonably priced ebooks" would sell better. Maybe there are a few suckers who would buy them. But I either want a free ebook or a reasonably priced hard copy -- nothing in between. I'm not stealing from anyone and I'm not going to be stolen from; don't crap on my shoes and call it Shinola.

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