You've just bought your shiny new Sony Reader or unpacked your Amazon Kindle and logged on to try and purchase books in your favourite genre.
You've been eagerly awaiting the latest in your favoured author's series but its retailing at the same price as the hardback. What can you do? Rant on your blog, march (figuratively) to the author's email contact page, or the publishers website and give them a 'considered' piece of your mind?
Victim of their own success
The growth of eBooks seems to have come by surprise. Geo restricted titles of your favourite authors seem to be the result of wheels turning slowly in the publishing world rather than any nefarious intent on behalf of the 'industry'.
And price well that's still a contentious issue. Some authors can get away with outsourcing, editing, artwork and marketing themselves selling e-books at $2.99, while Publishers claim that eBooks just add extra work to the production workflow and hence the cost saving of doing away with paper is negligible.
Pricing and availability will work themselves out in the long run. Those that offer cheap quality books in multiple formats I think will win out. It won''t be simply a case of being a good author. You have to be able to produce quality content and make it available to the consumers who want it and be heard over the increasing din of competent writers.
Lost Book Sales
In the mean time you can help authors and publishers see where they might be missing out on sales, or where the might have priced their product too high(according to consumer sentiment) by filing a report at Lost Book Sales
Here's their rational from their About page:
So here you have the opportunity to vent your spleen in a constructive way. Here's hoping that publishers and authors find it helpful.
H/T to Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader