My sister, consummate reader, gets angry at Penguin


My sister is a voracious reader and book-aholic. I have her and my mother to thank for the reading–and, later, the writing–bug that bit me early.

Reading, along with horses and dogs, is an absolute passion for her. She routinely buys whole series of authors she likes, often multiple times (her dogs think of them as chew toys), often in hard cover, often in the Kindle edition.

One of the authors she would follow anywhere on the planet, if asked, is Charlaine Harris. She specifically loves the Sookie Stackhouse series and would trade pints of blood for them if that were the going currency.

But not this time. When the latest Sookie Stackhouse book came out in Kindle format just 16 cents less than the hard cover, she lost it.

I’ll let her tell the story in her blog post, Hey Penguin, Bite Me.

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4 comments on “My sister, consummate reader, gets angry at Penguin
  1. Wo3lf says:

    Ouch! I tend to agree though. It is ludicrous to expect us to pay the same or almost the same price for a digital version of a physical book. But then, if you think about it, publishers are scared that if they lowered the price of ebooks too much, they won’t sell as many physical books and in an industry that is geared towards physical publishing only, they don’t want that. From a business point of view, there will always be pros and cons to any business model, but the fact remains that a smart business model includes adapting and evolving with new technologies. Evolving is imperative for survival.

    All of this is good and well, but what about the end consumer? Who is thinking about us? I include myself, because I love reading. Publishers are only concerned with their own futures and how to keep alive physical book sales. I won’t pay for a digital book that is the same price as a physical book. It doesn’t make economic sense to me to do so.

    A couple of years ago I started a short story that took place during a time where everything was digitalised. The use of paper was outlawed, unless you have a special permit. My hero was a paper smuggler. Its funny really, not because I wrote the story in longhand on paper, but because this was before the current renaissance in digital publishing.

    • Matthew Iden says:

      Hi Woelf – I think you are spot on about publishers wanting the price to remain the same, especially Penguin, who–if I remember rightly–has the most to lose in the price-fixing suit brought against Big Publishing by the DOJ.They think it’s smart to make hay while the sun shines, but in reality, I think they’re burning their bridges a little bit at a time (how’s that for mixed metaphors?).

      I love your idea for a paper smuggler. The clown in me envisions a 2-book boxed set of your novel paired with Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, lol.

      • Wo3lf says:

        Nicely done, but you’re right, they are burning their bridges, but then given how large they are, they probably have a lot of bridges, or gigantic bridges that take long to burn.

        We can call the boxed set, Dystopia: The definitive collection. But we will have to include Nineteen Eighty-Four and The Handmaid’s Tale. Though, mine would be the only one that tried to save the trees. Hmm, I could have had an anti-hero on my hands, had I completed the story. 😉

  2. Thank you for sharing your sister’s post. She’s spot on!

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