Overpriced Books – Does Size Matter?

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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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How to end a book series?

 

Friday’s Five Star Finds – February 19

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

February 26

The Master by Tara Sue Me

February 19

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?

Friday’s Five Star Finds – February 19

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

February 19

Wicked Sexy Liar by Christina Lauren

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?

Commitment to Reading Goals

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At the beginning of the year, I set my reading goals for the year.  I’m not the only one.  Many people choose to follow different kinds of reading challenges or design their own.

Now, it’s half-way through February.  It seems like a good time to check-in and see if I’m on track.

Book Count …

I read 166 books last year.  I hoped to read 150 this year.  So far, I’ve read 21, which means I’m on track.

New Authors …

My goal was 3 per month.  So far, I’ve read 10 new authors.  I love it when I find a new author that I like.

Weekly posts …

I wanted to create two more weekly posts.  I’ve continued my Teaser Tuesday post where I feature a hot image that includes a quote from a favorite book.  I started a new Friday’s Five Star Finds where I list all the books that I recently awarded 5 stars.  Perhaps I’ll come up with another weekly post soon.

New genres …

I have a couple in my reading schedule line-up.  This year, I’m more organized and created a spreadsheet to keep track of books that I have scheduled to review and books that I want to read.

How is your reading challenge going?

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Book Blogging Goals for 2016

Friday’s Five Star Finds – February 12

Five Star Books

Five Star Books that I’ve reviewed in the past week

(click on book to read the review)

February 12

Boiling Point by Tessa Bailey

Wild Aces by Marni Mann

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley

January 29

Brave Enough by M. Leighton

January 22

Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Prince Hudson by Lily Cahill

January 1

Blood Kiss by JR Ward

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

What Five Star Books have you read lately?