What I hate...

Thursday, December 23

...is when publishers totally take advantage of an author's fan base and reader loyalty. For instance, I received an email (much like most of you probably did as well) from St. Martin's press letting me know that the prologue to Lora Leigh's upcoming Elite Ops book Live Wire, titled "Enigma" is now available....which is great!....until I read that they want to charge 0.99 for it. Seriously? Really?  And what I think makes matters worse is that I thought the message was deliberately vague as to whether or not the prologue they are offering for sale will be included in the book. Is it the prologue from the book, or is it a prologue to the book? I was glad to find out I was not the only one who was asking this question, but Lora Leigh has recently been enough of a hit or miss for me the last couple of years that I will be more than happy to wait and see when the book officially releases in 2011....when I get it from the library instead of buying it.  

I understand that publishing is a business, and that they need to make money to stay in business, but to me this seems more like the case of the gas companies who hike the gas prices in the summer/holidays and swear that the timing is just a coincidence....right!  It's not exactly the same kind of comparison, but still.  I know it's a case of supply and demand, but instead of rewarding readers for being loyal and creating positive buzz for the upcoming release by giving them a FREE sneak peak to the prologue they decide to charge for it.  It should have been a holiday gift...tis the season and all, and I know it's less than a dollar, but it still leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  

My book buying budget seems to grow smaller each year, when in reality it's probably pretty much the same...it's just that I read so many more authors than I used to that it seems like I only buy the books I can't get at the library, instead of every book from an author I've followed for years (like I used to i.e. Lora Leigh...especially since her books haven't had the same kind of appeal that they used to for me).  

OK, done with the rant now....What are your thoughts?  Does selling the prologue bother you at all, or is it just me?  "Enigma" is in the top 10 Kindle ebooks for sale list so it must be doing well. 

p.s.  I just got back from vacation and am working through all of the emails I received while I was gone.  So if you won something...just know that I will be submitting your info to the publisher/author ASAP and I apologize for the delay.

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ann alba December 23, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

I got this same Email It's the only time I hit the Delete button right away.
IT dose P!$$ me off when they try to pull the wool over our eyes or some kind if Sob story. Bad Taste Dirty pool you name it It sucks...
There is an Author I read its a must for me they published her books in PB she got a Huge following The next book went Hardback so did all the other released after. Not the Authors choosing but I feel she is making them money could she not have been more demanding for her Fans who Really put her where she is today.
K my rants over too.

Anonymous,  December 23, 2010 at 9:03 AM  

First, Happy Holidays, Carrie!! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Now, about the post. I will have to agree with you on this one. There really is no need to charge readers to read a prologue. Come on. Especially now when the economy is so terrible.

I do also agree and understand that publishing is a business and they need to make money to prosper. However, do they really need the dollar that badly that they would charge for a prologue?

If a reader is clicking the link to read the prologue that should be enough to tell the publisher, hey, this person is really interested and will likely buy the book when it's released. If they want to track how many people read it to get an estimation of the popularity of that certain author or book--cool. But to charge for it? I don't know.

Basically--if you really think about it--what they are now doing is charging readers to draw their interest to buy the actual book. Wow, that's some marketing team, lol. Kudos to whoever thought that one up!

Personally, I'm a bit of bi*** with stuff like that. If it was me--regardless of who the author was--I wouldn't even buy the book. But that's just me ;)

Once again, have a wonderful Holiday, Carrie. ((hugs))

Artemis December 23, 2010 at 3:30 PM  

Nah, this 99 cents doesn't bother me; as I really enjoy this series by Lora Leigh and it is now on my Nook.

What really burns my A$$, is raving reviews for books that absolutely blow. Before I buy, I do consult various/many sources from blogs to goodreads to RT Book Reviews, etc., etc., etc. (I know you Ladies see me around town now and again.) And I use PBS, Swap.com and my local library. Still when I have to dish out my hard-earned cash and the book, IMHO, was immediate swap-worthy. Then I begin to wonder why people write reviews if they're afraid to be honest.

Not every book is a 4 or 5 whatevers. Here lately, I have ready my share of 3's.

Alexa December 23, 2010 at 6:21 PM  

Hmm I didn't get this email but I do think it is odd to charge almost a whole dollar for something that is probably only a few pages long. I do like Leigh and this series in particular but I will just wait until it comes out.

Anonymous,  December 26, 2010 at 4:18 PM  

Yeah I too bit the bait and bought it then was pissed off at being suckered in. I am like Artemis I look on all my review sites I follow.
About the Amazon reviews I know the bought shrills that must get paid to write 5 star reviews ALL THE TIME. Bernie


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