Efficient support of the author
November 10, 2011 8:59 AM Subscribe
cstross! jscalzi! Other fiction authors! What's the most efficient or author-preferred way to spend a given amount of money on his/her books?
posted by ROU_Xenophobe to Writing & Language (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Kindles are neat, but they open the door to piracy through convenience, even for people who don't want to be assholes to authors.
So let's say someone acquired a copy of one of your novels illegitimately and wanted to make it right. As a simplifying assumption, let's assume that the ebook costs twice as much as a mass market paperback, and that a hardcover costs twice as much as the ebook. Also, the penitent knows that buying a used book supports used book stores, not authors. I've read the relevant post on Charlie's blog, but remain curious...
Do you do best when the penitent just buys the ebook? Would you actually do better, overall, if the penitent bought two paperbacks instead of one ebook? Or, conceivably, would you actually do better in the long term if the offender waited until his sin had doubled and bought a single hardback instead of two ebooks?
As a secondary question, is it best for the penitent to buy the actual book in question? Or would it be better to spend an equal amount on an older book that probably had already earned out, if the penitent doesn't himself care?