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Why Do Ebooks Cost So Much?

There is a legal idiom that goes like this: "the value of a thing is that which that thing will bring". Michael J Sullivan has a few thoughts.


This week, Steve hypes his local convention and talks to best-selling ebook writer Ed Howdershelt, plus there's advice on writing and selling ebooks!

AMAZING THINGS: Time Travel Story Bundle

A story bundle for time travel addicts!

Thoughts on Awards

Will any Indie offerings make it on the Hugo ballot?

Le paysage éditorial de l’imaginaire : les éditeurs numériques

A profile of four French publishers

Burn Your Books: Rewind

A bit of retro - recusiveness, revisiting an earlier post.

Fantasía venezolana: Ronald Delgado y algunos cuentos

Review of Ronald Delgado's Ficha La tierra del cielo sin sol.

Books Are Forever

Books no longer need to be treated like perishable goods, with e-books and POD, a book can last, and sell, forever.

Self-publishing Odyssey: Part 1 The Decision

Alastair Savage joins Achilles, Agamemnon, Helen, Paris and Menelaus before the walls of Troy as he embarks on a self-publishing odyssey.

Will 2014 Be the Year of the Indie?

Data is showing indie publishers on the rise for customer satisfaction, Keith West explores where this could lead.

Now Let Me Ask You This…

Keith West's massive market study has revealed that 100% of respondents say that "price" is their over-riding consideration when purchasing books. So when it comes to price - how do you allocate your resources? One 'expensive' book or multiple 'less expensive' ones?

Race to the Bottom – A follow up

Recently I wrote a post The Race to the Bottom, where I talked about the disturbing trend of low priced ebooks. After the post went live I had an excellent discussion on line with a number of people. That conversation made me think about the various factors in today's landscape so it begged for a follow-up piece.

The Race to the Bottom

An author's view of the current e-book pricing model.

Beating Today’s “S” Curve (or Why an Editor is Every Writer’s...

The publishing industry is currently experiencing its own version of the “S” curve and the “boom and bust” curve

Some Thoughts About Free Ebooks

Ever since Amazon announced it's Amazon Select program (December 2011) the plethora of free books has significantly decreased the effectiveness of this type of promotion.


Can indie authors - truly indie - be treated as artisans?

Dear Publishers, listen to authors and put reader’s first

Indie authors are doing well because they know it’s all about the reader.

Review: “The Walker Place”

This is a creepy Halloween tale that isn’t for the faint of heart. If you are uncomfortable with stories in which children are threatened (or worse) with bodily harm, then you might want to give this one a pass

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

a discussion on another publishing option for your backlist of short fiction

Playing the Short Game: How to Sell Your Short Fiction (Part...

independently publishing your stories yourself

Bundling Ebooks With Print Versions

What is really needed is the ability to bundle ebooks with print books regardless of where the print book is purchased.

Interview with Steve Jackson, author of Fighting Fantasy and the Sorcery!...

Steve Jackson is one of the biggest names in British fantasy fiction. Along with Ian Livingstone, he was one of the founders of Games...

Voice Net

This man foresaw the NSA scandal before cell phones were even invented. So why have you never heard of him? Blame the Japanese publishing industry--which makes Westeros look like the Oneida Community.

A Publisher’s Perspective on Profits: ebooks vs print

In early June 2013, Harper Collins held an investor's day where it presented financial data through the company's third quarter. The CEO, Brian Murray presented...

The Last Bookshop by Richard Dadd & Dan Fryer

"There have always been stories. Ever since the earliest days." Once in a while, I like to be reminded that the future is pretty from...

Oh How the Times Have Changed

I spend a lot of time on author forums trying to Keep up with changes that are going on in publishing industry Do what I can...

Burn Your Books

Welcome internet traveler. I will be stockpiling neatly organized bits into a collective known as a blog along this portion of your journey. Do...

Frogs in Aspic, Like a Box of Chocolates

Frogs in Aspic Keith P. Graham Kindle only $1.99 I’m partial to short fiction, especially lately when I have so many interruptions it seems to take forever...

Digital Only Publishing – Think Twice Before You Sign

Not long ago, my publisher (Orbit) released a new work by Lilith Saintcrow, The Hedgewitch Queen and they released it ONLY in ebook format...

The Dangers of Ignoring the Ebook Revolution

On January 8th, the long awaited final edition in the Wheel of Times series was released in hardcover.  The ebook, however, was no where...