Additional shots have been fired by both sides in the ongoing Amazon vs. Hachette fight. While I won’t rehash the whole thing, I did notice that Hugh Howey wrote an excellent article on why the authors standing with Hachette, as much as their hearts are in the right place, are on the wrong side of the argument. If you’re interested in the fight that is being waged, I recommend you read the article, which you can find here:
For the record, I agree with Mr. Howey. No author should be fighting to raise prices for their readers. I write with the hope that as many people read, and enjoy, my work as possible. Pricing my ebooks at $14.99 would do a grave disservice to those readers.
Note that I didn’t say that authors should be paid less. As an author who makes a living with my writing, I’m all for authors making as much as they can in order to make their art a living wage…but prices shouldn’t need to be artificially inflates to the point where purchasing a book is a hardship on the reader.
I, personally, won’t spent more than $9.99 on an ebook…so in effect, Hachette is working to ensure that I never buy a book written by their authors. In fact, $9.99 is my absolute maximum limit…and most of the books I purchase are in the $5.99-$7.99 (with many lower priced indie titles added to that mix as well).
So I empathize with the readers who want lower prices and to be able to enjoy the books they want to read.
I hope this dispute is resolved soon. Ultimately, the longer it drags out, the more the readers are hurt in the process…and I think some authors have forgotten that the readers are the ones who made them successful in the first place…