Sorry about being so lazy posting, but between trying to find work and trying to spur sales of my book (two things that are not really having any results) I have been busy as anything. I also have been doing freelance computer work and have 6 ‘realities’ that I was fighting, but have concluded I need to deal with. All of which combine to make me a very cranky miscreant.
Having typed all that, there was an article that crossed my path that I thought I would share – the worst possible idea I have ever heard, one that should it be implemented, could kill the eBook world quickly.
Let me start out by saying I sort of like eBooks – I still prefer hard copies of some books, most of the ones I read at least, but eBooks are cheap and some of them I have read, I have little desire to acquire the physical copy. Something about them never crossed that line. eBooks are a low-cost way to discover an author and not sit there thinking “I spend 10,15,20 for THIS?”
Today I read an article about how to make more money on your eBooks – by selling advertising within them. To me this idea strikes me as corrupt as pimping out your own children. I get the idea of ‘have a sponsor’ that could sort of work (not for me, I write fiction, but some of the other works I could see maybe having a sponsor.) but the very notion of “sell a few lines, like a classified” “Embed a promotional video” “Product placement can also be an effective tool” make me physically ill
I get that authors need to find new ways of making money, the market is crowded, people are reading less, and spending less, but there are limits. while I don’t know where that line is, Advertising with in your book, whoring your story and your plot to include a brand of beer or soda is far over the line. So far beyond that I don’t even think I can see the other side.
I can promise you this my fellow miscreants, the first eBook that I read that has a soda companies video embedded in it, or an egregious product placement will the last eBook I read. It’s bad enough how we get bombarded daily but that bullshit, I for one am not going to embed it into my books or my blog. I just hope that the rest of the world joins in on that thinking.
I would hate to see eBooks become the next Internet: IE somewhere that is so crowded by advertising and random links, and pop ups and such that the simple joy of reading is lost.