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I have not bought "Beyond the Blight", because...

not interested
29 (32.2%)
too expensive
5 (5.6%)
waiting for the iTunes/Nook release
4 (4.4%)
don't have an e-reader
20 (22.2%)
purchase doesn't work / no credit card / not available in my country / etc.
8 (8.9%)
other (please detail in comment)
24 (26.7%)

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #30: January 13, 2012, 04:31:11 PM »
I have too many books first to read.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #31: January 13, 2012, 04:32:37 PM »
I have downloaded the reader and mean to buy the book as soon as I have figured out how to proceed afterwards.
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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #32: January 13, 2012, 04:54:37 PM »
Haven't bought it yet because I'm waiting until I'll actually have time to read it.
Same for me, actually -- I'm planning to buy the book within the month or so, just haven't bought it yet.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #33: January 13, 2012, 05:39:47 PM »
A page count on the wiki would be nice as it'll let people more easily decide if the item seems like a good value to them.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #34: January 13, 2012, 05:56:59 PM »
A page count on the wiki would be nice as it'll let people more easily decide if the item seems like a good value to them.

You mean like this?

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The total content in Beyond the Blight is about 12,000 words, as a paperback book it would be about 50 pages, page count for e-readers differs depending on device and text-size - on the iPad, the iBook version comes to 55 pages in portrait, 99 pages in landscape.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #35: January 13, 2012, 06:24:36 PM »
Hmm. I seem to have missed a spot check ;D

I'd say $6 is a little steep for only 50 pages of content. At 12,000 words it's a novelette.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #36: January 13, 2012, 07:36:45 PM »
I sooo wanted to get the book, but currently i have no way of reading it since i do not have reader.

I would have wanted a real book to have it on my bookshelf.


Will it work on PSP?


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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #37: January 13, 2012, 07:46:53 PM »
I sooo wanted to get the book, but currently i have no way of reading it since i do not have reader.

I would have wanted a real book to have it on my bookshelf.


Will it work on PSP?


PS:
Money is not problem!

If you have a web browser (and since you're here, you do  ;D  ), you can read the amazon version. That's how I read mine--and it even synced up my place in the book between the two computers I read it on.





I will say that I wish it was longer. Any chance of additional content, Tom?

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #38: January 13, 2012, 08:01:17 PM »
My own reason, and then a few responses that should help people:

1) I've never spent enough time in BT to really know much about the invasions. I always seem to land there right after the invasions finish, and even then, for no great length of time. In a small(ish) niche community like ours, your readership potential goes down dramatically when it's focused exclusively (and I don't see how it couldn't have been) on one of the multiple continents. Simply put, non-BT players will have much less interest.  I may still end up getting it for a good read about a world I enjoy, but that's what's stopped me so far.

2) egamma is right. Amazon has Kindle-for-PC as a free download, so anyone can easily have a e-reader.

3) CreateSpace does an admirable job at Print on Demand books. Back when I was producing pen&paper RPGs, this is who we used. For a 50 page perfect bound, you could fairly easily make $1.25-$3, depending on distribution method (and of course list price could drive it up more) without any out of pocket printing expenses.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #39: January 13, 2012, 08:25:40 PM »
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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #40: January 13, 2012, 08:34:59 PM »
I plan on purchasing it when I have some time to sit down and read some.
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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #41: January 13, 2012, 10:31:29 PM »
2) egamma is right. Amazon has Kindle-for-PC as a free download, so anyone can easily have a e-reader.

You are not getting it. It's even easier. No install:



Not the most exciting page of the book, this is in the appendix.

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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #42: January 13, 2012, 10:39:37 PM »
Actually, for those who don't know, Barnes and Noble has a free nook app for PC, Macs, ipad, iphone, and android.

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/free-nook-apps/379002321/

And you can get the epub version it supports from Lulu. The only thing holding me back is that I don't have a Lulu account and would rather get it through B&N if possible, but that's a rather thin wall holding me back. If it's going to be a while, I'll probably get the Lulu version in the next day or so.
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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #43: January 13, 2012, 11:02:07 PM »
https://www.createspace.com/

Looks interesting.

You realize Lulu(which Tom used for the ebook) offers pretty much the same service? On-demand prints of books.

Both of these still have a bit of cost involved since you need to order a test copy of the book for approval etc. Also time issues since you need to rework the layout from the ebook version a bit and other stuff like that.
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Re: Beyond the Blight - not selling well ?
« Reply #44: January 13, 2012, 11:18:19 PM »
I mostly play BM to make my own stories more than hear those of other people, and until recently I'd never played on Beluaterra.  These two things combine to make the price more than I'm currently interested in paying, particularly since I still have a huge body of free (or very, very cheap) literature to work through on my Kindle.