So I don't really believe print is dead, but is it dying? I dunno. The iPad won't kill it, that's for sure.
I was at Borders this weekend, browsing with no intent to buy (my favorite bookstore mode), and just felt the general sticker shock of a $25 hardback novel. I love stories...I love writing...I love reading...
I just can't see shelling out $25 for a book that I'll probably only read one time.
Before you throw your cuppa coffee at the screen, let me explain. I read a book: great. Then what happens? I put it on a shelf. If the book was amazing, I'll read it again. If not, it collects dust. A lot of dust. Then I move it to dust the shelf. Repeat or donate to the library/Goodwill/Salvation Army where it gets marked for a quarter and moves down the chain.
I love the feel of a hardback book. I love the ragged edges on nicer models, the grain of the paper under my fingertips. Don't start me on the smell. And stories? Yes, I love them, too. Being frustrated about a $25 price point is not disrespect for an author. How much do you think he/she makes out of that $25? It's disrespect for a broken system...a system that is too big with too many hungry parts...parts that force the price.
Maybe I'm cheap. I don't grudge dropping 10-15 bucks on a trade paperback, so what's with $25 on a hardback? (I don't buy mass market. It kills my eyes.)
Do books cost too much? Is this how we've arrived at publishing consolidation and layoffs? Will authors ever get a fair shake? Am I a whiny putz?
In the age of multimedia choose your own adventure, can the $25 book compete?
Thoughts, witticisms, perspective please?