So, as a person who happily pays for books, this is what I feel entitled to: the book in the format I prefer at the time my awareness in said book is sufficient that I go to make the purchase at the price I deem reasonable based on my extensive experience as a book consumer.Let's do a gedankenexperiment -- what would that statement mean, stripping out the trendy "e-books are free to make and I want mine cheaper than any price you'll ever offer" thinking, during most of the last century?
This is what I feel entitled to:At this point, everyone who actually works in publishing is snorting and laughing. As always, you can want whatever you want. And you can claim that you're entitled to it, if you want. But that doesn't mean that you'll ever get it.
- "the book in the format I prefer" = a mass-market paperback (because, let's be honest, this argument is entirely about "I want what I want to be as cheap as possible)
- "at the time my awareness in said book is sufficient" = when the new hardcover is heavily advertised
- "at the price I deem reasonable" = no, lower than that. Lower than that, too. How does free work for you?
I've helped to turn two toddler boys -- screaming balls of demand and entitlement startlingly like the above theory -- into semi-civilized tweens, so I'm very familiar with this kind of thinking. And I'd like to direct Ms. Krozser to the famous words of Mssrs. Jagger and Richards...you know the ones, right?