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View Poll Results: Under the new agency rules I will...
Pay higher prices for most books. 13 32.50%
Pay lower prices for most books. 5 12.50%
Pay higher prices for some books but lower prices for most. 4 10.00%
Pay higher prices for most books but lower prices for some. 18 45.00%
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:43 PM   #1
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How will the new agency rules affect you?

I'll try not to affect the poll with my comments, but the conclusion is forgone.

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Old 04-08-2010, 04:45 PM   #2
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It changes nothing for me. I won't pay more than the cheapest print version for an e-book. The agency model just means there may be a few more books I skip on. But no biggie as there are a gazillion books priced reasonably (or free) for me to read.

So in the poll I'm not sure I can vote as I think I'll be paying pretty much the same I am now--whatever the paperback price on Amazon is, or $9.99 for stuff in hardcover. As that's all I've paid for Kindle books thus far.

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Old 04-08-2010, 04:46 PM   #3
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It's too early to say as things are still far from settled.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:51 PM   #4
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I don't know about you guys, but I smell higher prices coming. That's where the little guy will excel, because if the big guys are making you pay through the nose, the little guy can undercut them and win big. So IMHO, this is a win for smaller authors and publishing houses, and a lose for the big guys. And if they get their feet blown out from under them, they only have themselves to blame.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:57 PM   #5
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I think you need an option, under the Agency Model I will -

Purchase less ebooks and visit my library and used book store more often.

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Old 04-08-2010, 05:12 PM   #6
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I think you need an option, under the Agency Model I will -

Purchase less ebooks and visit my library and used book store more often.

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I can't figure out how to change the poll, or I would!
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:14 PM   #7
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I personally won't change my spending limits. I may buy fewer books because fewer are within my range, but there are also plenty of books that are from places that do not follow the agency model.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:20 PM   #8
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I can't figure out how to change the poll, or I would!
Find a Mod and ask them to add to it, if you can't do an edit.

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I personally won't change my spending limits. I may buy fewer books because fewer are within my range, but there are also plenty of books that are from places that do not follow the agency model.
My reasoning also. (also, sad to say, but I will possibly buy used pbooks for those that I have to have now.)
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Old 04-08-2010, 07:50 PM   #9
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Darknetting them is *definitely* 'paying lower prices'.

And with the massive book-jacking (similar to car-jacking but the only victim is my (and then the author's) wallet) that the Big-5s 'Agency' plan has caused, I will certainly be considering the darknet approach far more often. Sorry authors, but you have the Big-5 publishers to thank for this. Please feel free to let them know your displeasure.

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Old 04-08-2010, 08:43 PM   #10
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Not sure how to vote on this one, as none of the options match what I'm willing to do. Whilst I think prices will overall be higher, I certainly won't be paying them. I'll wait until either the price drops or I find something else to read.

That said, whilst Baen books remains, I'm happy either way
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:27 PM   #11
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None of the above and I'm not fond of your choices.
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:32 PM   #12
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Since last year my buying pattern has changed.

I still get Webscriptions from Baen.

I now buy Regency Reads and Harlequin direct and not through Fictionwise as I used to.

Not counting from these publishers - my buying has severely dropped.

1st-8th March - 12 ebooks
1st-8th April - 3 ebooks

I'm discovering there are other places and publishers if you look - and the books you find can be just as entertaining.

Also with the right Audible membership you can get some audiobooks cheaper than the ebook version.

If this fiasco keeps up they'll lose my custom permanently because I'll have filled the gap they made with a product from someone else. (Embroidery kits, petrol for trips to countryside etc)
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:26 PM   #13
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I'm not buying any books at the higher prices.
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:50 PM   #14
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So far I'm not buying books under the agency model at all because I can't find a way to do so! (Other threads bear witness to the fact that I'm trying...)

What I do going forward will depend on IF/WHEN the publishers deign to roll their books back out to the retailers. As Harper Collins at least hasn't managed to get their own webstore up and running yet, I'm not holding my breath waiting for anyone else to get them back soon.

But my view of what's a sensible price to pay for a book won't change so my massive TBR stack might go down as I buy less. Since getting my reader I've probably been buying faster than I read so that's not neccessarily a bad thing. Or if they straighten out the prices on their backlists I might buy older books rather than the hottest new thing. Even that will probably mean I buy less though -- if I'm not tempted to buy something by a new author when reviews are coming out then chances are I won't remember to keep checking back to see if the price has come down. That means less established authors might lose out.
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I'll be paying lower prices for most books - because I'll be using my local library and used bookstore! Hmph! :P
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