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Offline Willie Wit Reading The John Lennon Letters
11 Dec 2010, 10:19 PM | Post: #31

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He`s being sliced and diced by the posters who are unhappy with him appearing on there regularily , despite the fact that his threads have been the most interesting reading material on it in months . He has created threads explaining the ins and outs of creating books on kindle and been involved in numerous discussions about the difficulties of promoting and marketing these books .
As he is using his own books as an example he has managed to upset a group of these `authors` who now constantly try to derail threads to simply promote their own books .Filling the forum with threads that have nothing to do with the kindle , `brainy bully boys` . Its feral over in the zoo..
The upside is that he has convinced his publishers to dramatically reduce the price of some of his back catalogue , a great step forward i feel as all i have heard since having my kindle is of how mainstream books on it are increasing in price . I dont have any reason to expect them to be cheap but i dont want them to cost more than a paperback version .
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12 Dec 2010, 11:30 AM | Post: #32

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(11 Dec 2010 10:19 PM)tangramman Wrote:  He`s being sliced and diced by the posters who are unhappy with him appearing on there regularily

Ah, i see. I just went over to have a look. Its great stuff what he's doing to get kindle prices down & must be commited to it. A pioneer you could say. But i can see some of the oppositions points of view too, as he does seem to keep opening new threads. Maybe he would be better received by the opposition if he announced all he's doing for kindle pricing & his books within the one thread.

I was a big fan of stephen leather years ago & i told him so when he was promoting in the self pluggers struggling authors forum the other day, which is the only thread i subscibe to there as i like to see what new authors have to offer, so i'm certainly not against him or his books.

However saying all that, its clever marketing, as whether you love him or hate him, he's everywhere & getting noticed & talked about & thats what sells books.

He's even being discussed on KUF now too ha ha .. plus i see on KUF's members list he has just joined so maybe we'll be hearing from him here soon too!

Good luck to all authors here & on amazon & smashwords etc.... I love to look at all your works! Smile
Offline Willie Wit Reading The John Lennon Letters
12 Dec 2010, 11:35 AM | Post: #33

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Woo Hoo!!!
Stephen Leather announces his back catalogue is being priced at 99p each and other titles will drop to £2.99 !!!!!!!

Heres hoping he`s opened the flood gates !!!!

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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
12 Dec 2010, 11:39 AM | Post: #34

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(12 Dec 2010 11:35 AM)tangramman Wrote:  Woo Hoo!!!
Stephen Leather announces his back catalogue is being priced at 99p each and other titles will drop to £2.99 !!!!!!!

Heres hoping he`s opened the flood gates !!!!

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I think I've got one of his books on my Kindle. Worth a read?
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12 Dec 2010, 12:58 PM | Post: #35

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Just bought his Hard Landing even tho it's not really my usual genre, as a sign of my support for the low pricing. i'm sure i'll enjoy it none the less. Smile

One word of warning; Amazon has it listed at two different prices so beware going to the wrong page to get it.
http://www.amazon.co.uk...
http://www.amazon.co.uk...

On the subject of genres', i must say that the Kindle has opened up my reading experience since i got it, as it is so easy to try new books. i've seen others mention this effect and i find it an exciting bonus to being a Kindle owner.
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Offline Willie Wit Reading The John Lennon Letters
12 Dec 2010, 03:53 PM | Post: #36

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Suzanne - the `short` books are really varied and well worth 79p , most last about 3-4 house i found , they cover a variety of genres and the quality of writing led me to the first `Spider`book in the series (Hard Landing) which i loved. I am really pleased to have a whole new series to go at , I enjoy seeing a character developing over time .`Bangkok Bob` was also interesting as it was a story that was more about the emotions of the main characters than the `real` story .

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Offline Susanne Reading The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson
12 Dec 2010, 06:25 PM | Post: #37

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(12 Dec 2010 03:53 PM)tangramman Wrote:  Suzanne - the `short` books are really varied and well worth 79p , most last about 3-4 house i found , they cover a variety of genres and the quality of writing led me to the first `Spider`book in the series (Hard Landing) which i loved. I am really pleased to have a whole new series to go at , I enjoy seeing a character developing over time .`Bangkok Bob` was also interesting as it was a story that was more about the emotions of the main characters than the `real` story .

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Thanks Tangramman, will download Hard Landing. At 49p, I can't really lose!
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12 Dec 2010, 07:29 PM | Post: #38

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It does no harm to remind ourselves (and the publishers!) that the patron saint of free markets is on our side. It has been of course long accepted that Adam Smith was the "founder of free market economics...” not least because, as he wrote “In general, if any branch of trade, or any division of labour, be advantageous to the public, the freer and more general the competition, it will always be the more so”.

BUT he certainly knew what businessmen were up to behind closed doors, as evidenced by possibly his most famous insight:
People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices…. But though the law cannot hinder people of the same trade from sometimes assembling together, it ought to do nothing to facilitate such assemblies, much less to render them necessary'.

What after all is the purpose of of producing anything whether books, TVs or computers? It is because;
Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production; and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to, only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer. (i.e. the interests of of the publisher are secondary).

He was always quite prepared to accept state intervention and state direction: it is in order to allow freer and more general competition that we need to stop the 'agency model', as 'a conspiracy against the public'.

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