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, LostBookSales.com, 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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    Sean (profile), 16 Nov 2010 @ 1:30pm

    Re: another anecdote

    You pretty much list all the reasons why some believe it's okay to download music, software, and films without paying.

    Not that you're wrong, or even that the concepts are wrong, but they're certainly nothing new.

    Personally, if I decide to purchase a book (and I buy a *lot* of fiction), I only purchase new when I'm very sure I'll enjoy the work. If I'm not sure, but the reviews make it seem like I will, I buy used from the cheapest seller on Amazon.

    Ebooks are basically a non-choice. I've bought one in my life, and I bought it assuming that since it was a technical book I'd be able to search it. I was wrong and I'll continue buying "real" books for the forseeable future.

    On the other hand, if publishers want to throw in a digital copy along with my bound book, I'd pay an extra dollar or two. No more, though.

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