I just tried to read the reviews for JK Rowling’s new adult novel. I was disappointed to see that price was the main factor in many of the reviews.
The part that disturbed me the most was not just that Amazon allows people to rate books without reading them (and a lot of the 1-stars were based solely on price) but that people think JK Rowling is somehow “greedy” for charging what looks like a reasonable price for her work.
Here are the facts. The hardcover is listed for $35 retail. This is fairly in line with an average new-release hardcover.
Bookstores (including Amazon) have discounted the book to $21. That is around 40% off.
The ebook version is less than the print version at $17.99. Yes, $17.99 is a bit higher than the average $9.99 - $14.99 that new releases come out at. But not by much. And JK Rowling is a celebrity author with proven success in the marketplace.
If you don’t want to buy the book at $18, that’s your prerogative. While I don’t feel the Amazon review section is the place to express that feeling, as most of us are reading to find out what people who read the book thought of the book, I think it is fine to say, “This offering is not for me.”
That said, the word “greed” and the implication that, because JK Rowling has already made her fortune, she should not be charging as much or anything at all for her work is completely disgusting.
For example, one reviewer titles his (her?) review: “Greedy B—— Greedy Amazon.” Now really, is it necessary to call someone the B-word because her publisher, knowing that they have a famous name attached to the project, decided to charge $18 for a Kindle book that is $21 in print at the moment?
Here’s the thing: We live in a world where people and entities create products and offer them to the marketplace at a price of their choosing. It is then up to individuals in the marketplace to decide if they personally accept the offering in exchange for their money. That is capitalism at its best.
JK Rowling and her publishers have done nothing wrong. They have produced a book and offered it to the marketplace at a price that falls within publishing standards. It is not for any individual to decide how much money JK Rowling or her publishers need, or to expect that anyone involved should work for free or for less than they want to because they have made a profit in the past.
As a fan of her Harry Potter books, I commend JK Rowling for trying something different. Whether I buy the book or not, whether I read the book or not, it takes a lot of guts for her to put out something new when the world has already placed her in a certain box.
And if I do purchase the book from this worldwide phenomenon, I will not hesitate to pay a fair asking price. JK Rowling deserves all her success.
Hi! First, I’m so happy that you enjoyed the book. So many people are waiting for the second book in this series right now, and I am currently working on it. I went through a lot of personal stuff during the last half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 that basically halted all production on all writing. I am, however, writing every day again and make tons of progress very quickly. This is good news for people who are waiting for new books.
I don’t have a publication date at the moment, but hope to have several new projects out before the end of 2012, including the next part of Brie and Rykken’s story.
I’m not sure. But I’m working on it now! I hope to have it out by summer, at the latest, but I am not setting a release date at this time.
Hi! The sign-up page and the tour details are up at authors.heroineswithheart.com, and the main website is at heroineswithheart.com. Not much is up on the main website yet, but once we get started on promotion we should be putting out a lot more.
The Heroines With Heart Book Tour spans 100 cities in the US and Canada, starting Jan. 2013. It’ll be made up primarily of indie authors and there will be different authors at each location, and we’ll be releasing more information to the public starting in July 2012. Authors who participate in the tour also get:
On-Tour Promotion (75-100 attendees per event)
Additional benefits include:
Planning, Promotion, Travel, and Lodging:
At the event, everything will be covered, including all the planning and promotion, the venue, the printing costs for the program or print sampler (if we have the budget), the goodie bags, and any food/drinks we offer. We’ll also bring pens and tables and anything else you’ll need to do signings. Travel will likely be via an SUV/van rental so we can haul books and luggage and goodie bags around, and lodging will likely be shared with a roommate or two. Expenses are only covered for the author (not family or friends) and authors are responsible for their own meals and for travel to and from the pick-up/drop-off points (though if we can spring for a group meal here and there, we will, depending on the budget).
We do charge a small reservation fee per stop, but it’s well worth it! For more information about the tour, please email me at monicaleonelle at gmail and I can send you the details and the tour dates. Looking forward to speaking with you!