English: Amberg – Paperblanks ® books on display in a bookstore. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The feeling to write about books has grabbed me, and I’ve a lot to say. I have devided the post up to highlight my various points. Before I start though, I wish to say that I hope you find this post somewhat relatable, perhaps useful, and maybe even eye-opening. I’m covering varying ‘Booky topics’, and I really hope you enjoy reading :)
Unfair? Book prices: (This topic links loosely into the rest of this post) My response to this unjust area is: “Are you kidding me”. I have read some beyond fantastic low cost books that are truly amazing. And, on the flip side, I have read some high-priced shockers that are utterly apalling.
And these Famous ‘Made It’ authors. Again, My response: “You’ve got to be joking”. How, how, how do these well known authors get away with writing such, at times, utter tripe. ‘Sheep’ is one of the conclusions I am coming to: One buy’s one book, likes it, spreads the word, and it turns into a follow-the-leader scenario. And then some of the sheep-folk are too uneasy about giving one another their real opinion (that’s my cynical view).
My less than skeptical stance on this, is that the ‘Made It’ authors are actually getting it right somehow in appealing to the popular masses and I’m the one who’s the problem and overlooking something crucial (though I’m yet to find that variable).
E-Book Authors: What I dislike about some ‘Kindle’ authors (for eg,)… Is that so many of their books begin with ‘Book 1′ or ‘Part 1′ and you then notice how the price hikes up for the subsequent Parts. Not only that, these ‘books’ are way too short, so by the time you have bought all 5, or however many, Parts, you find that they could have easily been packed into one whole book in the first place and you could have saved a small fortune. (Yes, I know authors have to make a living, but when you add it all up price-wise, you are paying a lot more than the cost of a shop-bought paperback, hence, is it really less expensive to buy digital?).
Plus, Kindle books are DRM* protected so you don’t actually own the book or books you have just paid for! Kindle can remove a book, that you have purchased, from your device, if there’s a need to, at any time. And, no, you don’t get a refund. (*Digital Rights Management – they OWN the book, not you – surprise!).
Novels with ‘Praise’ on the covers by other authors: I Do Not Trust Them. Are they being paid to say how great a book is when in reality, the book that is deemed so great, is actually poorly written, unengaging and plain rubbish. (Not all, of course, but many I have attempted to read left me only to be horrified at how bad they are).
On a nicer note, Libraries: A-Mazing Places. Everyone ought to be signed up to their local library. Free books to read, many, many of the newest releases. They haven’t got a book you want in? They will purchase it for you, again, at no cost to you (or a tiny fee, like 80p) How can you go wrong with a Library in that case…You can’t.
So, to sum up: The pricing in the book world is biased. Some novels deserve a higher asking price, but many don’t (that’s my view) There are some real gems out there to be read, you just have to find them. And finally, visit the library – it’s free to read as well as being a nice place to be in.
I hope you got a little something out of this post. I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts so feel free to do so. And a big thanks for reading!
~ V :)