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Stop whinging about the cost of ebooks | Grimdark Magazine
Reading community: I have a bone to pick with some of you. For the love of the literary gods can you stop flipping out about the cost of ebooks. Let’s forget the years of effort put in by authors. Let’s shrug away at the hundreds of hours of work put in by beta readers, proof readers, and editors. Let’s brush the thousands of dollars spent by publishers on production expenses off the table. Not your problem. You’re the customer; the only thing you need to worry about is the quality of the end product you receive on your Kindle and how much you have to pay for it. Everything that gets a book to that point is the cost to the publishing industry in time and money for doing business with you. I want to be clear here: you are the customer, and you are being fair in your assessment of a consumer market–up until this point. Let’s get into the meat of the problem The bone I want to pick at is around the complaining I see online that the cost of a book–usually an ebook–is too much. That is utter bullshit. Whether it be US$2.99, US$5.00, or US$11.99,...