- I want the books to be reasonably priced.
- I want the books to be worth the price.
- I want the people writing the books to be able to make a reasonably decent living at it.
The first criterion satisfies my personal desire; the second satisfies the expectations and traditions of literature generally; and the third satisfies the needs of the artists who create literature. Interesting thing of note, there: nowhere in that list are the concerns of publishers taken into account. That’s because publishers exist to provide me with a product. If they can’t, well, that’s their problem, not mine.
Which is not to say that I am unsympathetic to the travails of publishers… but I’m not here to subsidize their old business model, either. They’re in the business of dissemination of information – and it’s never been easier or cheaper to disseminate information. Deal with it.
PS: Sorry, you still have to deal with it.
PPS: Yup, live is not fair. Deal with it.