1. Cause I met him at CrimeBake very briefly and he seemed like a very nice guy.
2. Head Wounds has a GREAT cover
3. Head Wounds has some very nice reviews
4. Head Wounds is available for Kindle download
So, why don't I own Head Wounds?
1. I didn't get a chance to scout out a copy at CrimeBake (Glenlivet doubles bear much of the burden for that)
2. When I got home and unpacked my valise and found the postcard with the great cover, I downloaded the first chapter to my Kindle and when I went to click "Buy" discovered the horrifying price:
$18.40 for a Kindle version.
The same price as the hardcover.
I'm not spending $18.40 for an ebook. Even if it's just been published. I'll buy a hardcover for $25 without thinking too much about it, but I'm not spending $18.40 on electrons. I'm just NOT.
First, I can't do anything other than read it myself. With a $25 hardcover I can give it to a friend, give it to the library, give it to my Herpet American asssssistant for her birthday, use it as a coaster, a leaf flattener, a paperweight, a door jamb, a barbell, or raw material for a ransom note if I wanted to.
Electrons? Not so much.
Ebooks aren't going to replace hardcovers. I probably will buy this in hardcover when I next saunter past a bookstore. I'm just not buying it right now for my Kindle.
In setting the Kindle price so close to the hardcover price, the publisher is saying the two forms are interchangeable. They're not. I'm buying the book cause I want to support the authors who came to CrimeBake. If I was just a regular buyer though, the publisher has decreased the likelihood of making a sale. Once someone gets ready to buy and then doesn't, it's almost as hard to get them back to finish the sale as to attract a new buyer.
I'd have spent $10.00 for this book, no problem.
I'm not spending $18.40.