Monday, July 19, 2010

A Love Letter to: Publishers on Amazon.com

Dear Publishers:

As I've mentioned before, I have a Kindle. Which I love.  Every time I hear about a book that sounds interesting, I get on my iPhone or computer and send myself a book sample.  When I finish one book, I read some samples until I find something else to read.  As a result, I'm reading a lot more.  And I'm enjoying the books I read a lot more.

Originally, Amazon had priced all books on the Kindle at $9.99.  After the iPad and Apple came out with their own e-Reader software, allowing you publishers to price books at any price, Amazon was pressured to do the same.  And occasionally, this plan does something completely ridiculous, like PRICE THE PAPER COPY OF THE BOOK HIGHER THAN THE ELECTRONIC VERSION.

Take Eat, Pray, Love.  I'm watching a commercial for the new movie, starring Julia Roberts, and it looks like fun. It's all Julia in her perkiness.  And I think, "Hey, even though I've already decided not to read this book because of the reviews on Amazon, but this movie looks like fun, so I'll download a sample and see."  Only to discover that the cost of the Kindle version of the book is $12.99 while a paperback version is $8.25.   This book, published in 2007, is the same cost as the author's new book published at the beginning of the year and only available in hardcover.

So Penguin Publishing, I get it.  You don't really care if I read the book.  And hey, I'm fine with that.  I already rejected your book once.  Now I have a sign that it really wasn't meant to be.

Sincerely,
Me