Cutting the Budget ~ May (week 2)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Hosted by Shari over at Delighted Reader. It's a great way to keep track on that book spending limit we alwasy set ourselves up on, but never seem to follow.
(*taxes are included in book prices)

I spent about 3 bucks and some change and got 1 freebie (thank you Kenya Wright). I also stopped by NetGalley and requested a couple I wanted to really read and got approved, I'm shocked because I haven't

been on NG or Edelweiss for a while now. Eh, but I'm happy though.

Wolf Protector by Milly Taiden - $1.06
Rapt: An Erotic Tale by Laurel Cremant - $1.06
Angel Kin by Tricia Skinner - $1.06
Sexy As Sin by Kenya Wright - $0.00

Vampire's Hunger by Cynthia Garner
Vampire's Thirst by Cynthia Garner
Blind Faith by Rebecca Zanetti
The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
Callum by Melissa Schoerder

Cover Krack

What's Left - $38.40

Sunday's Thought
I'm starting to notice when I'm purchasing that some ebooks are really short, like less than 100 pages and the prices are ridciculous. Like 2.99 or more for 75 pages or something like that. Look I know authors have to make money, but that is just all kinds of crazy. Make the prices reasonable for readers and folks will come back. Just like you have to eat so do I, you have a family to take care of, so do I.  I always see folks saying think of the author, well I'm saying think of the reader as well. I cannot tell you how many times I bypassed a book because of the price. And I know some folks say they have no control, the publisher sets the prices. Okay, well you work with your publisher on other with them on setting good prices. I just feel its getting a little out of control and that's my rant for today. 

Have a hapy sunday and for you moms, Happy Mother's Day!

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  1. Nice job! You're keeping things very manageable even on NG if this is the first time in a while. I'm trying to keep that stuff under control, but only doing moderately well at it. ;) I'm interested in what you think of the Milly Taiden shifter book. I got to read Blind Faith so I'll be nosy about that too.

    And you have a really good point. I went to recommend a book to a GoodReads friend last night and about swallowed my tongue. Its 72pp long and $2.99. I read it as an ARC so I never realized the pricetag on it. 72pp shouldn't be a $3 book especially when we know that a handful of those pages aren't even story.

    Happy Mom's Day, Sharonda!

  2. I have to agree on the super short books for $2.99+, pretty crazy. Can't wait to see what you think of several of these :)

  3. I have been seeing authors post on FB, about readers talking about the price of their book in reference to worth and page/word count (if that makes sense), lol. Some of them have gotten so upset, saying they can charge what they like which I agree with that is their right which is why I never comment on those rants. I like the positive way you'll are doing this. It is their right to charge what they want and our right to not spend 3 plus on less than 70 pages. I am all about the deal.

  4. thanks Sophia. i'm really coming along, oh I try to stay off of NG & Edelweiss...lols. Honestly most of the times when I request books, I never get to read them and I hate letting them expire.

    I've been dying to try at least one of her books and was happy I caught it on sale. I hear they're really good.

    See, and that's the other thing. We want to recommend books, but how can we when the prices are set like that? smh. I just want fair prices you know?

  5. yeah, it's just getting kinda nuts. I want to pay for quality, but damn...some of these prices are just mind boggling. Shoot, what about quantity? lols. I'm not saying you have to offer your book for free, but it the price should at least reflect the page count or something.

  6. They can absolutely charge what they want...this is true. But they can also be a little more fair with those prices. And they will always have readers who will buy their books faithfully...that's good for them. But as a consumer whether I'm buying books or household supplies, I need to budget my funds. So I'm always looking for a deal too :)

    I still can't see myself paying $2+ dollars for a book less than 100 pages, I just can't. But again, that's me.