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Book production costs [Mar. 1st, 2010|03:07 pm]
...or, how to reply to the "authors should sell ebooks directly to readers" or "why are ebooks so expensive?" arguments. This post by Charles Stross lays out the details. Read some of the comments if you've got time - they're very informative, and involve a lot of back-and-forth between Stross and his readers.

[User Picture]From: branchandroot
2010-03-02 05:20 pm (UTC)
I think Baen has actually answered the DRM question pretty well. It's unnecessary. Yes, there is going to be piracy, and open copies makes it a bit faster. But Weber publishes books with CDs containing every previous book to date and invites people to pass them around and post them on the web, and Baen says he hasn't lost anything by it. *shrugs*

This may change as epaper matures, I suppose, but that still assumes that the same people who can spend 6 dollars on a paper book can also spend two hundred on a cranky reader plus another four per book on the book itself. I, for one, do not yet find that epaper that compelling!
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