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For those of you who still buy books, do you feel like there is a big difference between $8.99 and $9.99?

First smartass to say "one dollar' gets a kick in the ass!

Seriously, though, is there a similar psychological hurdle in the way there is between, say, $9.99 and $10.99?

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No. Not such a big difference, despite being exactly the same difference.

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For those of you who still buy books, do you feel like there is a big difference between $8.99 and $9.99?

First smartass to say "one dollar' gets a kick in the ass!

Seriously, though, is there a similar psychological hurdle in the way there is between, say, $9.99 and $10.99?


Personally, I don't feel like there's a big difference between $8.99 and $9.99, but the writer's group I'm in has a few authors who feel like $9.99 is just close enough to $10.00 to scare some folks away. For me, if I like the subject of the book a dollar isn't going to sway me when you're under ten bucks.

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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 4:23 am 
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I agree with Cary. If there's a book that I'm honestly interested in reading, a dollar difference wouldn't change my mind. If it was something I was only tangentially interested in, it may, however.

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I think Cary may have zeroed in on why I'm asking.

There is no right answer. It's all guesswork. You try to set what is fair to readers and fair to yourself and hope most people agree.

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I figured you were asking what you should price a book at. I'd say you won't lose many readers and will probably make a bit more money at a dollar more.

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I really enjoyed how they took some of the short stories from For Your Eyes Only and wove them into the film script. They remained pretty faithful to those stories as well.

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I really enjoyed how they took some of the short stories from For Your Eyes Only and wove them into the film script. They remained pretty faithful to those stories as well.


Yeah, it's fascinating how they managed to take the title story, "Risico", and a scene from the book version of Live & Let Die (Bond and Solitaire dragged through shark-infested waters) and manage to craft a fairly coherent story out of them for the film version of FYEO. Also "The Hildebrandt Rarity" was used as grist for some of Licence To Kill (the name of sub-villain Milton Krest and his penchant for violently whipping his wife with a stingray's tail). "Quantum Of Solace", however, has fuck-all to do with the Craig movie and almost nothing to do with 007 himself.

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Monterey Jack wrote:
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I really enjoyed how they took some of the short stories from For Your Eyes Only and wove them into the film script. They remained pretty faithful to those stories as well.


Yeah, it's fascinating how they managed to take the title story, "Risico", and a scene from the book version of Live & Let Die (Bond and Solitaire dragged through shark-infested waters) and manage to craft a fairly coherent story out of them for the film version of FYEO. Also "The Hildebrandt Rarity" was used as grist for some of Licence To Kill (the name of sub-villain Milton Krest and his penchant for violently whipping his wife with a stingray's tail). "Quantum Of Solace", however, has fuck-all to do with the Craig movie and almost nothing to do with 007 himself.


Agreed. I think my least favorite of the Bond books was The Spy Who Loved Me. I understand what Fleming was trying to do by writing it from the perspective of another character but it's just not up to the same standard as the other books. If you thought Quantum of Solace had nothing to do with that story, The Spy Who Loved Me is even worse.

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Shit, I've been tearing through these fast, haven't I?

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Odds are, I've recommended these to you guys before, but if you haven't read Chandler's Marlowe books, you should. Some of the same old-school cool atmosphere some of you are enjoying in the James Bond books, but Marlowe's a bit smarter and a bit more on his own. He's a bit like something I heard about the Indiana Jones movies in some documentary or other: he's never quite up to the job he's got in front of him, even if he always ends up coming through okay (if more than a bit bruised).

The Long Goodbye is one of my favorite books. I read the others to get to read this one.


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Eric wrote:

Odds are, I've recommended these to you guys before, but if you haven't read Chandler's Marlowe books, you should. Some of the same old-school cool atmosphere some of you are enjoying in the James Bond books, but Marlowe's a bit smarter and a bit more on his own. He's a bit like something I heard about the Indiana Jones movies in some documentary or other: he's never quite up to the job he's got in front of him, even if he always ends up coming through okay (if more than a bit bruised).

The Long Goodbye is one of my favorite books. I read the others to get to read this one.


I read this on your recommendation a couple of years ago. Fantastic book. Monty, you should read this as you would absolutely love it.

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Hope you read the rest. That's the best, and Playback is the worst (which is why I haven't posted another one of these--I'm not hurrying), but none of them are bad.


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Finished like a week ago and didn't post it until now. Chandler's worst novel. Still pretty good.


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Probably the last Fleming book to receive an even moderately faithful translation to the screen.

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What a weird book...one third romance novel, one third home invasion thriller, and one third James Bond novel. No wonder Ian Fleming stipulated that no aspect of it should be retained other than the title for any futute film adaptation (although the gangster villain "Horror", with his "steel-capped teeth", was an inspiration for Richard Kiel's Jaws).

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First book I've read all year.

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Just sections, because it's damn technical and I only expect to have to worry about the main this weekend. Stalled in Dickens's Little Dorritt, since I'm last-minute cramming on this.


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Good stuff.

Although it was written a while ago there was a lot of insider information about the guys that built doom and those around them.

Connections to the gaming world are deeper than I imagined and it was cool to see names popping up that I had no idea were connected to Doom (and other projects by the "Two Johns").

Definitely well-worth it for anyone that played D&D, Doom, Quake, or is interested in technology (gaming or otherwise).

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Great fun, and I ended up with an autographed copy to boot!

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One of the very best.

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As much gimmicky fun as the movie is, it's a shame that almost none of the book was retained for the screenplay...it's a terrific read.

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A different twist on the zombie apocalypse, what happens when you're trapped on an oil rig in the arctic circle when the world goes to hell.

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