I’ve been speaking to some interesting people in ebook-land over the last few weeks, and it’s only fair to give them a mention here. So in no particular order, here goes:
Mark Edwards and Louise Voss are doing extraordinary things – as I write this, Catch Your Death and Killing Cupid are at numbers 1 and 6 in the Kindle charts, which is an incredible achievement. I believe they’re the first indie authors to top Amazon’s charts. Mark’s blog at IndieIQ.com is well worth your time.
Scots thriller writer Lin Anderson was on the BBC with me the other day, and seemed awfully nice. She’s a traditionally published (and successful!) writer who’s become enthralled by ebooks, and you can find her books online here. Lin blogs about ebooks here.
Last but not least, Dan Holloway has some interesting thoughts on the whole e-publishing thing and he’s all over the net. His latest novel, The Company of Fellows, is on Amazon here. His personal website is giving away free copies of his next book until the 14th of June.
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One thing that’s been frustrating me recently is the cost of Kindle books published by large publishing houses. This, in particular, had me spitting feathers earlier: of the three formats released (kindle, hardback, paperback), kindle is the most expensive.
No wonder people turn to piracy.
VAT is a big part of it – ebooks are VATable whereas printed ones aren’t. In many cases the costs of physically distributing hard copies are gone, but VAT more than compensates. At current rates it adds a fifth.
Also amazon, supermarkets demand enormous discounts from publishers, so the price you pay for print may be distorted by that.
Then again, it could be a passive aggressive thing – list an ebook but price it ridiculously high :)
BTW: There’s a free short story collection kicking about to tie in with LA Noire.
I’ve been put off that by the overacting in the game. Which is probably a bit silly of me.
Thanks, Gary. The Company of Fellows has rather extraordinarily been voted Blackwell’s “favourite Oxford novel” and now has a display front of house in their flagship Oxford store.
Wow. That’s brilliant :)
rnnbrwn – in response to why the big publishers make their ebooks more expensive over their printed counterparts…
Yes VAT is one point….the other….eBook sales don’t yet count towards a book’s rankings in the charts – yet – the publisher, naturally wants their books to be as high as possible, so they increase the price…