Rather than reviewing this week, I'm going to chat quickly about a recent experience and ask what you think. I'm still reading sooper seekrit RITA books, you see, but I was at the bookstore the other night and wanted to share.
I was really there to pick up gift cards for a few birthday parties going on this weekend. Well, I can't go into a bookstore and not browse A LITTLE. I was in between sports runs so didn't have a lot of time. Picked up a few cute bookmarks. Browsed the romance section. But I have a ginormous tbr. So I went to the YA section instead. Grabbed a book for my eldest. Went to the 9-12 section and found a book for my youngest that looked like something she'd LOVE - and hadn't read yet. Beautiful Joe.
I had a little sticker shock at the cash register but did some quick addition and figured it was a little high but I wasn't going to hold up the line. It all became clear when I got home. The paperback-sized hardback was $25.
I was aghast. It was a hardback but it wasn't huge, like, say, Shadowfever with all its beautiful packaging, you know? It was the size of a Nancy Drew book. $25. If I'd seen the price, I wouldn't have bought it. You know what I would have done? I would have come home and looked for it at amazon in paperback.
Are hardbacks on the way out? It looks that way. Reports yesterday say that kindle is outselling hardbacks on amazon 2:1. I can understand why. If you don't want to wait for the paperback, which would you rather pay? $10-15 for the kindle and have it RIGHT NOW or $20+ for the hardback?
There's been lots of discussion about how the industry is changing and price points and whatever. I can see things from both sides - as a writer making a living and as a reader who buys A LOT of books. And all I can say is, for me personally, I have to really really WANT something in hardback before I'll shell out that much money.