Do you think that $7.99 for an 117 page book that has a large font and loads of spacing between lines is overpriced?
I won’t mention the actual book or author I’m referring to, but the book was written by a Best Selling Author and the book was the third volume in a trilogy. As I fell in love with the series in book one, I was frantically eager to read the second in the series, which didn’t compare to the first. I still loved the characters and knowing that there was another book in the series made me compelled to read volume three.
Being on a budget, I was thrilled to get a copy from the local library. When I stood at the counter checking out the book, my first reaction was “Wow – that’s a short book.” When I quickly flipped open the book, I was further disappointed to see that not only was the book thin, but the font was huge and the spacing ridiculous.
I read the novella. Essentially it was a long epilogue that didn’t offer any twists or any extra perspective on the characters. Very Disheartening!
Even though I didn’t actually purchase the book myself, it made me think about how irritated I would be if I had shelled out cash for the book.
I’m not naive enough to be ignorant of all the publishing costs involved in selling a book. There is obviously a minimum cost to producing books. But was this book overpriced simply based on the author’s past sales? That seems very short sited on the side of the publisher. This publisher is in the process of publishing a spin off to this series. Before I read this book, I was very much looking forward to reading the spin off. I feel like the publisher has cheated the readers by over charging for this book. Honestly, I’m less likely to purchase the books in the spin off.
Do you consider the length and pricing when choosing books to purchase?
I apologize for the tone of this post. I love to read and I usually try and stay positive on my blog, but I can’t help but rant today.
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