Joe Ganley
Writing code since 1979
I have been a professional software engineer for over 10 years. I have written many kinds of software, but my particular strengths are interactive graphics applications, compilers and interpreters, and algorithms.

I also enjoy writing, woodworking, and home improvement. Also this.


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Thursday, September 07, 2000

Still more on Stephen King and his e-publishing experiment The Plant. Firstly, the publicity surrounding this has prompted me to revisit some of his older work that I've already enjoyed before (currently reading
Nightmares and Dreamscapes, with The Dead Zone on deck). Secondly, though, I just saw this recent note on his web site about the future of The Plant. Specifically, quote:
Installments one, two and three are going to be available for $1. Further installments up to 8 will be available for $2 each. In other words, you complete financial liability for the first 8 installments of this story will be $13 or about the cost of a trade paperback or a hardcover novel offered at 40% discount in a chain bookstore.
Give me a break. When I buy his books, I don't buy the hardback or trade paper versions; I buy the mass-market paperback for $7. Furthermore, I rarely buy books; typically I get them from the library. Also, consider that whatever margin the publisher typically skims off is going right in his pocket. In other words, there's no way I'm paying $13 for this book. I love the idea of publishing electronically, but I'm afraid I consider $13 for the electronic version of a novel outrageous.

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