Friday, March 22, 2013
From the Mail Bag - A Pissed Off Reader
This is not the first time a reader has been disappointed over this or made that same assumption, but it was the first time a reader told me in so many words that I was on her shit list.
Here's the thing, people:
1) That was my publisher's decision, not mine, so don't drag me behind your pickup truck over a gravel road because of it;
2) THE SILENT GHOST is a novella, only about 100 pages in length, so to produce it in print would not be cost effective (see #1 above);
3) Please do not assume all future books will be digital because of this. My 4th full-length Granny Apples novella will be out in print and in e-book in April 2014. My next Odelia Grey book will be released in December also in print and in digital.
4) Digital books are here to stay. And I believe print books will always be with us even if they become more difficult to find. Think records/CDs over digital downloads. I still buy CDs myself.
5) If you don't own an e-reader and want to read an e-book, you can down load a FREE app from either Kindle or Nook to your computer, smart phone, or tablet, so you are not being discriminated against.
6) As for independent authors, many are choosing to go only digital now or to release limited print runs along with their e-books. But these books will also not be found in your local book store. That doesn't mean they are not worth discovering.
7) Generally, authors make more money in digital sales because the quantity sold is much larger. At least I do and I know I'm not alone. My books are now reaching thousands of readers all over the world because of the digital format. So don't beat up an author because she wants to be paid for her hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of hours of hard work. To do so is (dare I say it?) selfish.
I love books. I also love my Kindle. I buy and read both digital and print books.
Can't we all just get along on this?