It´s time to take off my ever understanding book blogger glasses and become the everyday reader. The consumer. The poor sucker who doesn´t earn enough money to afford all the physical books I´d like to have. Well, that´s not entirely true. I could, but, you know… Life and all that.
Isn´t that who we all are?
Just normal book-loving people who want to read?
To be honest, I don´t necessarily want to take my book blogger glasses off. By doing so I´d have to be the rational person I am. The one who weighs out options and often has to say no. Because more often than not- Many things deserve a big fat no.
It´s common knowledge that authors are starving artists. Everyone knows this whether they care about it or not. And this is where the problem lies:
- The people who care are often the ones who have a lot more insight into what it means to be an author. We know. We understand. We try to support this artistry.
- The people who don´t care lack the background info or just flat out don´t give a hoot for whatever reason.
Many either belong to one or the other. I belong to both except…
Today, I´m going to be the one who´ll turn two blind eyes towards everything I know about struggling artists/authors because I can´t be anyone else regarding this topic. Because it involves my wallet.
Self-published book prices.
Now, I´m the type of book blogger who´s chosen to remove all sorts of easy book access ( ARCs, betas, review considerations ) from my book blogging life because I want to support authors by purchasing their books. Their physical books. I´ll consider an ebook purchase if there´s no other way but will otherwise avoid ebook editions. What can I say? I´m a paperback girl.
I know books aren´t always cheap. Reading is an expensive past time activity.
But this… This takes the cake.
You´ll have to excuse me for not wanting to shit all over the author. It´s not the name I dislike- It´s the price I´m allergic to. 16.23 Euros for a 370-page paperback?
And this book is the first book in a trilogy. This means that price ( give or take a few cents ) x 3. I´d be spending somewhere around 50 Euros ( $ 55.00 or 43 GBP ) for 3 books.
At this point, I don´t even want to think about the author because I´m a normal Amazon shopper. I´m disappointed that the price is considered to be okay enough to demand. And without my ever understanding book blogging glasses, I´d even go so far and say this is rude.
This is another reason why many readers pick Kindle editions- Because they´re the cheaper option. Which isn´t horrible, by any means. This just means readers can´t afford printed books. Well, no wonder. If they weren´t able to afford them before they sure as Hell won´t be able to afford them now.
I´ve spoken with a few book bloggers about this topic and many said the majority of the self-published authors they´re in contact with are saddened that their printed editions are never purchased. I have a wild guess as to why that is.
Sadly, after having seen this shocking price, I began noticing so many other over-priced printed novels by other self-published authors.
As an everyday consumer, I find it difficult to accept this. A novel written by a novelist who´s demanding almost hardcover prices for a self-published work.
Now, for the sake of saving my own ass, I´m going to slip my book blogger glasses back on and see this from a kinder perspective.
Authors are struggling. They´re trying to turn their hobby/passion into a full-time profession that´ll pay the bills. I´ve spoken to many self-publishing authors and have felt their pains to want to make their dreams come to life. The struggle is real in this over-crowded literary world. There´s more at stake than just book sales. It´s also about making a name for themselves. It´s about growing a fanbase. It´s making sure they stay relevant so their dreams can carry them for as long as possible. Their dreams are just as important as anyone else´s. All the sweat, time and love invested in their carefully written stories has to be paid. Their efforts should be paid. I will support authors. I will help any way I´m able to and if that means I´d help more by purchasing their work then I will do that. All within reason.
But… ( removing my book blogger glasses again ), not like this. Not by asking for an unusual amount of money from a reader.
Sorry, I won´t buy your paperback.
The price is a little over the top. 16. 23 Euros for a paperback is definitely unreasonable for me. The same goes for any other overpriced self-published paperback.
Authors need to earn money. I need to save money.
There´s no doubt that there are readers ( especially fans of authors ) who stand behind a self-publishing author´s price choice. They´ll justify the high amount by telling everyone else that “Their ( an author´s ) time is worth money. Authors are artists and books are written art.”
Which is true. But does this mean I´m chopped liver? It´s not about the art a person has unleashed upon us peasants. It´s about what they want for their work- money.
Of course, I could just ignore all this and go straight for the Kindle edition. But I won´t. Because I´m a paperback girl.
So, where does this leave me? If an author wants to be compensated for their hard work and I refuse to buy their overpriced book then I guess there won´t be any progress on either side. I, the stink normal consumer, can absolutely live with that.
On a kind note: Should anyone feel it´s okay to invest in overpriced books then by all means- You have my blessings.
I´d also like to add that whatever type of reader you are: You´re fine. I won´t judge you for wanting to support an author nor will I judge you if you couldn´t care less about an author. I understand both sides and find each is acceptable.
What about you? What are your thoughts on this subject? Do you have a book price limit? What´s an acceptable book price for you? Let me know in the comments below. I´d love to chat. ❤
As always, thank you for reading my blog post. I hope you enjoyed.