Technology can save us, but abuse of technology can destroy us just as easily.
Today, when you turn on your computer you will see the familiar FBI badge. It is the badge of PROTECTION. No matter where you live, in the USA, Britain, Europe,... the entire western world, you now have secure access to YOUR interweb through a single portal. From today you will no longer need to fear that your identity will be stolen, that your children will be bullied, that terror can be thrust into your living rooms in the guise of seemingly innocuous web pages. Welcome citizens, fellow Americans and free people of the world, to THE PORTAL. ..."
I think that those for, and those against The Portal are equally valid. I don't know who is good, who is bad, OR if it is as black and white as that. I believe (personally) that in the relatively near future THE PORTAL will come into being. This story is intended to be an exploration of the good and bad, and questioning WHAT IS FREEDOM? I want writers! I will post the first chapter on my blog in the next few days. Anyone wanting to write a chapter PLEASE contact me.
2) Tess Gerritsen. Hardback price $18.99, kindle price $14.74 . Not much in it, except that I can OWN the hardback, and pass it on under the first sale rule.
3) Harlan Coben. $17.97 . Kindle price $19.45! Hmmm!
4) Dean koontz $15.85 . Kindle $12.75
5) Kathy Reichs $19.98
6) Michael Connolly $25.19
7) (my own book The Girl From Kosovo) $18.45
Kindle price $4.99
I decided to do a little off the cuff survey. Now, I have to add that I put my own book here because it's 445 pages, and sells well in the shops. Print copies sell OK on line, but ebook sales are .. frankly.. shit!
I approached about thirty people in the street. With the exception of the Harlan Coben book, most people said they would happily download the kindle versions, but commented that the Harlan Coben book was 'Way too expensive for an ebook".
With a copy of "Kosovo' in my hand I pointed out the kindle price of $4.99 up against the shop price of $18.45. (Discount bookstores have it available for $15.99), much cheaper than Amazon. NO, they would not take a risk on downloading the ebook version. When I asked why that might be, the majority said that up against the other ebooks in this list, it was 'too cheap. There's probably something wrong with it."
Lesson? What I thought was a fair and reasonable price to sell my own book at as a download, given all the restrictions and the fact that the reader doesn't actually OWN it and can't take it to the book exchange or lend it to someone was bad thinking.
Priced at $11.99 most people said that yes, they would download it. So, don't be fooled writers, cheap can work against you.
- All Around The Worldwriter and journalist
- Withernsea High1959
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