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Sunday, February 17, 2013

P.I. Rick Cantelli, Back Again



My aging Private Eye, Rick Cantelli, could not stay out of my head. He demanded a Part 3 in his adventures. It’s the funniest one yet and another 4,000 word excursion with the best P.I. since Magnum. Writing needs to be profitable, but if you do it for profit, good luck to you. My character, Rick Cantelli, reminds me on a daily basis why I write. I have parachuted out of an airplane in the Philippines when I was stationed on the USS Ranger. They had a parachuting club. I have scuba dived for over forty years. Nothing compares to the adrenaline rush I get when a character like Rick forces me to relate his adventures on the computer.
My friend, Jordan Summers, blogged about the coming Amazon selling of used digital books among other things. If they want to commit suicide relating to their book business, I can’t think of a better way. Why would an author ever publish for Amazon Kindle if all the readers buying their novel can immediately put it up for sale again with no royalty generated to the author? This is coming because of the excruciatingly high numbers of self published material. I foresee a revolt at hand also. The moment Amazon does it, without a royalty payment to the author, I will remove all novels from Amazon, and never publish again on their site.
I pray we have another venue that resists this perversion of the marketplace.

5 comments:

raine said...

Geez...do you think they're really going to do this?
Seems like it would not only drive away business, but piss off some of the important authors they've gone to so much trouble to woo.

Charles Gramlich said...

Things just keep getting more ridiculous on the book front.

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

They've held a patent for it and an approved court document, Raine. If they didn't cut the Authors out of the resale, it would be a strictly business type deal. If no royalty of any kind is in the resale mix then it would make Amazon the largest pirate site in the world.

They sure are, Charles.

Jordan Summers said...

Or there is another possibility--though remote--they took out the patent to keep other companies from ever being able to profit from used ebooks. (There is already a site that's been running for a while doing this, but I cannot remember the name of it.)

Bernard Lee DeLeo said...

I wish that were true, Jordan. It sure would make a lot more sense than alienating thousands of authors.