Memo To Ian Fleming’s Heirs

James Bond novels go digital, cutting out Penguin

Fleming estate to publish James Bond e-books

In the UK the books will have an r.r.p. based on the current cheapest printed edition, but the deal with Amazon and Waterstone’s would not preclude discounting.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Those “cheap printed edition” prices had better be mass-market paperback or you’re all in deep, deep trouble.

I’d like a collection of legit 007 books in e. But here in the U.S., the prices are outrageous. They used to be $9.99. Today I checked and they’re $9.58.

There is no way in hell I am paying frontlist pricing for the work of a dead author whose works can be had for about a buck in used paperback.

And if Ian Fleming Publications thinks they have some sort of windfall coming, I’ve got news for them.

Check out this:

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That’s just a partial listing from a pirate site.

Check out the dates I’ve highlighted in red. Some of these books have been available for six years as pirated electronic editions.

Six years!

So you lot think you’re swinging into the Internet with some sort of exclusive that you can cash in on with exorbitant pricing?

You had better rethink that strategy real damned fast.


Should ebooks pass the Walmart price test?

Previously here:

eBook Pricing Goes Outright Insane!
eBook Publishers: Listen To Jane!
DC Comics Slashes Prices, Will eBooks Learn?
Sony’s Reader Store Wakes Up, Lowers Price
Sony’s Reader Store Extortionate Pricing
Pretty Pricing Picture For Print Publishing
Lessons For Print Publishing From Hulu
Publishing Quote Of The Day, If Not Year
Print Publishing’s Suicidal Price-Fixing
Pricing: The Final Frontier

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