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Old 03-01-2011, 06:26 AM   #46
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I have to say I'm very disappointed to see Random House going with the agency model too. Luckily for those of us in the UK, and because of the ongoing OFT investigation, Random House UK operations are for the time being staying out of agency.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:45 AM   #47
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My boycott grows to six.
Me too....

I'm very glad I have a pretty sizable inventory of "evil-6" e-books bought at reasonable prices before agency pricing. Putting that together with small press, PD, and even a few p-books from the library and used bookstores, I figure I have at least 3 or 4 years before I need to even vaguely entertain the idea of buying another "evil-6" book. And maybe (although not counting on it) things will be different (hopefully better, not worse) by then.

Still, I'm sad to see RH go.

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Old 03-01-2011, 08:47 AM   #48
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I think who is not on that list is more important then who is on the list. One of the companies that I deal with on a daily basis is Harlequin/Gold Eagle and they are not with the Agency model.
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Old 03-01-2011, 08:56 AM   #49
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I wonder if this is part of the reason CyberRead just decided to give up.
I think it must have been a big factor.
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:10 AM   #50
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This truly sucks!
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:45 AM   #51
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Well - I just canceled 4 Pre-Orders. I didn't cancel Land of Painted Caves but I'm trying to get up the moral gumption to do it.

It'll almost certainly be out on Library Overdrive - right????
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:20 AM   #52
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abookreader - that's easy enough to guess. If your library has the others in the series in ebook format, then they (almost) certainly will get Land of the Painted Caves. And if they don't... they won't.

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:26 AM   #53
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I checked another Random House book. This one was $6.29 yesterday and now it's $13.99.
All the more reason to buy at Smashwords. I prior years I spent freely on ebooks and pbooks. Since the advent of agency pricing, my spending has diminished greatly. I now primarily buy ebooks published by/at Smashwords and often just "buy" the free ebooks. I have found that for every 12 free ebooks I 'buy" at Smashwords, 1 or 2 are very good and the rest get the delete button treatment. I also will spend up to $2.99 fo a decent ebook at Smashwords, but am unwilling to buy the high-priced agency books at the larger ebookstores.
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Old 03-01-2011, 10:45 AM   #54
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Maybe they think there's so much momentum behind ebook adoption that they can't hurt themselves by taking control of pricing and undercutting discounters like Amazon and Kobo. That price control is more important than short term profits (at Amazon's expense, when they subsidize $9.99 pricing). They could be right.
They've had a year to watch the market, watch what happened to the other 5 big publishers. So "they could be right" is likely true. If the others were suffering a disaster from their policy, then Random House wouldn't have joined in.

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:45 AM   #55
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oh, one of the ebooks on my wishlist from RH went from $5 to $9.99.
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I can get the paperback cheaper!!!!!" and "This book is not worth $X.XX for an edition I can't pass on to my grandkids and I won't pay more than $Y.YY".
Then buy the paper back. There are advantages to paper books, when you need or desire those advantages, just by the book.

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Old 03-01-2011, 10:49 AM   #58
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I think who is not on that list is more important then who is on the list. One of the companies that I deal with on a daily basis is Harlequin/Gold Eagle and they are not with the Agency model.
Who on Earth are they? I've never heard of them, I'm afraid.
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All the more reason to buy at Smashwords.
Except that Smashwords has ALSO decided to let publishers/authors set their own prices.

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Who on Earth are they? I've never heard of them, I'm afraid.
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a publisher of Romance, as Baen are publishers of SF/Fantasy. Just much bigger (about 120 new titles per month vs Baen's 4 to 6!).

Gold Eagle is one of their imprints.
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