A digital rant

For years I (and all those around me) have been saying it is absolutely crazy that digital versions of hard ‘things’, be they books, films, soundtracks, prints…whatever, ought to be cheaper because the basic material and overhead costs are NON-EXISTANT!  iTunes then came up with the 70p single and that was great, exactly right.  But now – NOW – the Beatles album is dearer than the hard version!  Listen up: this is going backwards and any 5 year old could tell you that this is completely and utterly wrong!  I bought the book ‘Maths for Mums and Dads’ (which is brilliant by the way) and even they say that 100-99=1, and 99 is less than 100 so I know I’m right (I have been doing it right all these years!). 

Wise up digi-sellers and stop treating us like brainless, gimp-wearing slaves to the  almighty interweb!  Digital copies should be cheaper!  All those who say Aye, raise your digital finger.

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About Bea Turvey apprentice author and witch

I am a wild-haired author who cannot stop writing. The writing process is not a task for me. It is an extension of myself. When I write, I lose myself as easily as if I slipped into the story for a swim. Writing became a serious part of my life in Decmber of 2009. Unless you're reading this in 2017 it wasn't that long ago, and the bug hit me hard and fast. My first novel, Banished, was published in March 2010 and is available at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Banished-ebook/dp/B008PGM4TQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361913026&sr=8-1. If you read it, or anything else I've written, I hope you'll post a review and let me know why you liked it - or even why not!
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5 Responses to A digital rant

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  2. Siobhan says:

    Actually we were talking about this in work the other day (I work in publishing) and eBooks often cost more to produce than the paper copies, because you have to pay for the type setting etc. as with the paper copy, then you have to have them encrypted to make sure that they can’t be passed on. We also have to pay royalties to use different file types so they can be used on say, a kindle, an eReader and with various types of software. That all adds up to more than the cost of the paper and printing of a hardcopy!The writers get their royalties etc…And despite all the hype they account for about 11% of sales in the academic market, even less in trade with fiction etc. I’m not sure how it works with music though.

    • I’m obviously going to have to look into this a lot more but so far, from what I’ve gathered, the conversion from photoset material to digital format is fairly straightforward and attracts minimal cost. When compared to all the extraneous costs attributed to hard copies (indirect + middle men) it must be much cheaper. With music it would be the same especially as all music is recorded in a digital format already, and with digital copies of prints, you only need access to professional photography which, once again, automatically prints to digital format in the majority of cases. If there is anyone else out there that can throw a little more light on to the subject it would be much appreciated.
      Of course, with the low number of digital book sales the profit margin will be affected, but I still maintain that a digital production must ultimately be cheaper if you relate like for like. As a complete bibliophile I find there is nothing to compare with the touch, smell and sound of a ‘proper’ book, but my 11 year old daughter thinks that is just weird and I am ecstatic that I continue to have the opportunity to purchase paperbacks at reasonable prices.

    • By the way, having admitted to working in the publishing field you know you’re going to be inundated with shameless offers, don’t you? What genre do you specialise in (if you specialise at all), and what is your role (please God, don’t say accounting!)?

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