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A Culture of Reading, or a Culture of Buying? (Dear Author) Last week’s post on digital book prices for commercial fiction engendered a lot of great responses, reflecting some really passionate opinions on how books are priced and how readers make their purchasing decisions.
The Long Story Behind GigaOm’s Sudden Demise (Re/Code) When Gigaom’s managers announced the tech news publisher was laying off all of its employees on Monday, the news came as a shock to the site’s staff and its many admirers.
On Buying and Reading: I must confess to buying more than I’m able to read. For example, yesterday I bought dirt cheap copies of A Clockwork Orange and Lord of the Flies – books I’ve read and own in paperback. Maybe I’ll read them again some day maybe not. But they were cheap so who cares?
Would I have paid $9.99 to $12.99 for either of them if I was ready to reread? Yes for Clockwork Orange because my paperback is an American edition that dropped the last chapter and needed replacement. No to Lord of the Flies – I would read the paperback. Now I can get rid of the paperbacks.
As for other new fiction, I guess it depends. I don’t read a lot of new (hot off the press) fiction, but I wouldn’t say no because of the price if that is what I wanted at the time.
The blog doesn’t say anything about non-fiction – biography or history – where $9.99 plus prices are par of the course.