Kindle Trouble

February 17, 2010


So if you’re an e-book reader, or happen to love one, you’ve probably heard about Amazon’s recent decision to go from the fixed $9.99 price per book to a dynamic price range between $5.99 and $14.99 per book. This, as you may recall, is in response to pressure from major publisher Macmillan (Scott Westerfield has a very thorough and fascinating write-up of the situation on his blog. A few days ago, the New York Times did an article on the decision, citing various furious e-book customers, and included the following words from science-fiction author Douglas Preston:

The sense of entitlement of the American consumer is absolutely astonishing,” said Douglas Preston, whose novel “Impact” reached as high as No. 4 on The New York Times’s hardcover fiction best-seller list earlier this month. “It’s the Wal-Mart mentality, which in my view is very unhealthy for our country. It’s this notion of not wanting to pay the real price of something.”

Preston has received a lot of flak for this quote, leading slews of angry readers to give his books a 1 star rating at and He’s been called an intellectual elitist for this quote, and admittedly he does sound a bit of a prick, but is he wrong?

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