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Monday, April 15, 2013

Why I Hate Paying the Same Price for eBooks as for Print

As you may have noticed, I read a LOT. And I’m too lazy to go to the library, which means I buy the books I read.

It used to be that my favorite format to read was mass market paperback, but over the past two years that has changed to eBook format. My kindle is lighter than even a mass market paperback. And since I don’t like to break the spines of my books, holding my kindle is easier than holding a paperback book open.

But beyond ergonomics, I like having a whole bunch of books with me, so I can read a bit of one book, decide that’s not what I’m in the mood for, and then switch to something else.

I’ve always been mildly irked that many eBooks list for the same price as the mass market paperback. They don’t have to print and ship, so it seems to me eBooks should be cheaper than paper books.

Various authors have argued otherwise–that the price of the book includes the work the published does, including editing, covers etc.

Well, considering some covers, it seems hard to believe publishers are putting THAT much money towards covers.

OK. That was snarky. But on a more serious note, if I read a book with an atrocious cover as an eBook, I don’t have to get a book cover so I don’t have to feel like people are judging me on what I’m reading.

But a recent court ruling has crystallized another issue I have with the price of eBooks.

As I said, I read a LOT. And I like to try new authors. HOWEVER, with a paper book, if I hate the book–or even just find it worth only a single read, I can then sell that book to a used book store, or even give it to a friend.

I can’t do that with an eBook. It’s mine, and even if I pay full hardback price for it, I can’t get anything back for it–I’ve essentially thrown my money away.

And then there’s the issue of loaning books. Michael and I have our kindles on the same account, so it’s not an issue for us to share books back and forth, but I love loaning books I love to friends to get them to love the book as well.

But it’s not so easy with an eBook. Some books can be loaned, but the last several conversations I’ve had with friends, I’ve checked only to find that I can’t loan them my copy of a book I love.

If I’ve paid for a book, then why am I not allowed to loan it to a friend?

Which is why I almost never buy an ebook unless the price is significantly below the price of the paper version of the book. If I can’t sell the book if I dislike it, if I can’t loan the book to my friends because I want to share how much I liked it, why should I pay the same price for a book that has major restrictions?

So I don’t.

Instead, I put books on my Wish List, and regularly check for price drops.

Sorry authors, but that’s just how it is. I don’t think fair to charge me the same price for an ebook that I can’t sell or share that I pay for a paper copy of the book, that I CAN share and sell.

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Categories: Books & Reading  

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Flower Pr0n: Walking Downtown Edition

I know the weather was gorgeous this weekend, but we were BUSY, so I didn’t have time to get out with my camera–just got a couple cell phone pictures.

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Categories: Flowers,Photos  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Morgantown (de)Construction

I think it’s pretty much been deconstruced–hardly looks like there were houses there.

THIS did not make me happy. BOO HISS! (previously…)

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Categories: Morgantown,Photos  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wednesday Word Association: Calm Edition

I’m dealing with a stressful project at work, so today’s word is: calm

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Categories: Fun & Games  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Weekend Travels: Antietam & Sharpsburg MD

I think it would be very strange to live in Sharpsburg, an area that seems completely given over to Antietam Battlefield National Park.

I wonder if it is hard to live so much in the past and in the history of such horror.

As I said yesterday, I took very few pictures of the battlefields. Here are the pictures I took within the park area.

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Categories: Maryland,Photos,Travel  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Weekend Travels: Antietam

As we walked around Antietam, I was surprised at how large the area was. I have no experience with war (for which I am greatly thankful) so I really had no idea what to expect.

The day was beautiful, which made it even stranger to consider that 150 years ago so very many men had bled and died there.

Here are some of the pictures I took at Antietam–not many pictures of the battlefield–I mostly walked and reflected.

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Categories: History,Maryland,Photos  

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Weekend Travels: Sheperdstown

Saturday was supposed to be gorgeous, so we hopped in the car and went to Shepherdstown & Antietam.

We spent most of the day (that wasn’t spent in the car) walking around Antietam, but we did stroll around downtown Shepherdstown. And ate two very good meals there.

Didn’t take my camera out much around Shepherdstown, except for the cemeteries.

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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Continuing (De)Construction

We walked downtown for dinner, and then back home.

There’s really only one corner of debris now–most of it is already down to dirt.

Debris

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Lady Scientists

From yesterday’s post, you can now learn more about women scientists, both famous and obscure.

Emilie du Chatelet

Emilie du Chatelet

Emily Warren Roebling

Emily Warren Roebling

Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin

Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter

Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar

Maria Sklodowska-Curie

Maria Sklodowska-Curie

(if any further additions are made to the game, I’ll add them here.)

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Categories: Science, Health & Nature  

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Very Local Construction

YAY! (Confused? See this and this.)

Construction at MY House!

Construction at MY House!

Wall is done, and tomorrow they are supposed to put back the fence.

Yesterday I pruned half the heather, which hadn’t survived, and most of the rosebush (not in either picture), which was in bad shape, as well as one of the holly bushes, which took a significant hit, but I’m hoping that with the pruning those plants will come back.

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Categories: House & Garden,Photos  
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