Academic Authors, Please Negotiate your Book’s Price

Academic authors primarily publish their first book to earn tenure.  I get that.  But they also want them to be read.  And tenured academic authors are, one hopes, primarily motivated by getting their work read.  So I am asking (pleading?) that those of you who are working on book manuscripts and have not yet signed a contract, ask what price they intend to sell the book at, and whatever price they quote you, request a substantial reduction.  Oh, and make sure you request a digital edition.  Please!

Why do I care?  The book publishing industry is all cattywompus, but especially has its pricing fuktup when it comes to ebooks.  Check out this example:


That’s right, Amazon will rent you the digital edition for $38.  ‘Nuff said.


About Will H. Moore

I am a political science professor who also contributes to Political Violence @ a Glance and sometimes to Mobilizing Ideas . Twitter: @WilHMoo
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