Powerful paranormal fantasy, Liberation, Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles
#21  eswarjj 07-19-2010, 12:59 AM
Quote Maria L.
Koland, I don't even know what DRM is or DTP..sorry I'm not up to speed with this.
Hi Maria,
I am happy to see more and more people suggest non-DRM. This is the right way to move forward, if not the only way. DRM basically SUCKS. I own a kindle and a sony reader and have tried several others in the past. I understand your frustration at not understanding the terms. But my suggestion would be for you to look towards the other parts of the internet to understand those. I stand by all of what the others here have said (may be not the tone). The price is a huge factor in people even considering your book. Ebooks have to come down in price. Publishers are really terrified at this thought. But such is reality. Please consider self-publishing in the future and spend some time on the internet (if you need a start, get a starter book or two on how to navigate the best parts of it --- mostly through google) to find all avenues possible for getting your books known to others. Good Luck. And as someone else said, I will try the book if the price is right and non-DRM.
P.S: I have said the same things as others. Just not ticked off your abusometer.

#22  Worldwalker 07-19-2010, 01:35 AM
Publishers, to put it bluntly, are bloody fools.

They look at a format that costs them pennies to manufacture (the pro-rated overhead), compare it to a format that costs them dollars to manufacture (making physical books and moving them around), and they don't say "Hey, we can sell that a lot cheaper, sell a whole lot more units, and expand our market, too!" No, being publishers, they say "Hey, we can sell that for the same price, and pocket a huge extra profit!" Then they wonder why the readers -- who, even if they don't know the economics of the publishing business, intuitively understand that something that needs to be printed and put in a box and shipped must have a higher production cost than something that just needs to be emailed -- won't pay them $15 for a book they could buy in paperback for $7 (complete with right of first sale, no restrictions on where or how they can read it, etc.). So when the readers won't cheerfully fork over their inflated prices for ebooks, they proclaim there's no market.

If the people in charge of the big publishing houses today had been around when the paperback was invented, they'd probably have priced paperbacks at 25% above hardcover prices; they're lighter, easier to hold, and they take up less shelf space, after all! That convenience should command a premium price, right?

Now, you take a publisher like Baen. They're smart. They sell ebooks -- ebooks by well-regarded authors, by the way -- for anywhere from $4 to $6. Cheaper if you buy bundles. Even in a down economy, they're making a mint. I'm helping; I'm slowly replacing my worn-out Baen pbooks with ebooks. They probably make as much profit off me buying one ebook as they do off me buying one pbook ... but I buy a whole lot more ebooks.

I remember some menswear store that used to advertise on the radio, and their tag lines was "We'd rather sell a million suits at a buck profit than one suit at a million profit." The publishers would rather go for that million-dollar profit ... and then sit around moaning that nobody's buying.

And until the publishers get the point, nobody is going to be buying. At least, not from them. I've got Smashwords open in another tab, and I'm looking for something to read before bed.

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