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Re: Elves just want to have fun!
« Reply #400 on: May 03, 2010, 10:02:30 am »
1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
I noticed it was an upcoming book klub, I'd never done a book klub and thought it might be fun, plus I had peeked at a few of the previous threads and I thought this was a nice fun group to join!  While I do read fantasy, I had previously stayed away from epic fantasy, in part because of the sheer epicness of it and I wasn't sure if it could keep my attention (I have not read LOTR and even got bored during the movies! - don't throw anything at me 'k?) But so many people had raved about it and it was inexpensive, so I thought I would give it a try so I could join in your fun discussions.  Actually, if it hadn't been a book klub, I'm afraid it may have stayed on my "to be researched/read later" list and I would have missed a wondrous and fantastic experience.  Shudder! 

2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
I'm with the others on this, having read it, I would have paid $9.99 - or more - and been very happy about it!

3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
If I had read the sample (and I am one who reads samples, especially for 2.99 books of an author I've never read before), I would have purchased the book (at any price) without even getting all the way to the end of the sample.

4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
My opinion - No. I think illustrations add value. 

5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
I do like the idea of having all three books in one volume; however, I think that alot of people may be hesitant if they have not read the books and aren't sure if they will like them. Although if they just get the free sample, they will be hooked!  Also, the upcoming addition of collections will help.  I think one of my collections will be called Alterra!  If they are all in one book, there needs to be a clickable toc or an easy way to navigate between the books.

6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
Let's see, after reading Elfhunter, I also purchased all three books in DTB form so my kids could read them, which was about $45 or something, I can't remember, so heck yeah, $10 is MORE than reasonable!

(Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increase. What say you?)
I say YES.

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #401 on: May 03, 2010, 10:08:11 am »
    5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
    Unless the price was significantly less than the price for the 3 I prefer the books to be separate.  Especially with the huge size of your books, the % read wold move so slowly!

    LOL!  I'm SO glad to know I'm not the only one watching the %-read so closely!  ;D  It's funny...I want it to move quickly at the beginning of the book, but I want it to move slowly as I near the end.

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #402 on: May 03, 2010, 10:11:42 am »
    My responses to the questions:
    1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?
    I heard about Elfhunter from Kindleboards. After reading many of your wonderful posts, I was certain I would enjoy the books. However, that only works for those of us on Kindleboards. Normally I check the author's or publisher's description of the book and general rating. If uncertain, I will download a sample and might read some reviews. If that had been how I found Elfhunter, I still would have bought it.
    2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?
    I would still have thought it was a bargain price for a great read! As others have said, I would have been happy at 9.99.
    3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?
    Absolutely!
    4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?
    Never! (Well, only if a version with illustrations is also available.  ;)) The illustrations are wonderful and I looked forward to them as I was reading.
    5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).
    It is not necessary. If you want to do it as a special edition and priced for at least 5.99 (or more  :)). If you went to the effort of doing that, it would be a good time to include the maps, fix some formatting and spacing issues, table of contents, etc.
    6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?
    It is still reasonable and a bargain. As others have said, I would have happily paid twice 2.99 or more for each book.

    (Basically, I'm wondering whether my stuff is 'established' enough to survive the increase. What say you?)
    Yes, definitely!

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    « Reply #403 on: May 03, 2010, 10:31:52 am »
    Thanks! Y'know, there are some very smart suggestions here. I appreciate the honest helpfulness that's such a part of the 'Kindleboards Culture'.

    I am planning to send forth a reward to everyone who responds. Won't say what it is yet, but it can be transferred electronically, and you'll (hopefully) enjoy it!
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    « Reply #404 on: May 03, 2010, 10:44:28 am »
    I am planning to send forth a reward to everyone who responds. Won't say what it is yet, but it can be transferred electronically, and you'll (hopefully) enjoy it!

    I have a guess what it is!  I got an electronic gift from you months ago and loved the insight it gave. 

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #405 on: May 03, 2010, 02:58:01 pm »
    Just wanted to say good night!

    I got the sweetest gift today! I have been where I live for two years now, and the houseowner gave me earrings as a gift, they are beautiful! I have the best houseowners in the world!
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    « Reply #406 on: May 03, 2010, 03:13:16 pm »
    Good night, Winter. Isn't it wonderful when people care and give you things just because they want to make you happy?
    See you tomorrow!
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    « Reply #407 on: May 03, 2010, 07:01:25 pm »
    That was sweet of your landlords.  We've had the same tenants for 15 years in our rental house.  We haven't given them any gifts, but we've only raised the rent twice. 

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #408 on: May 04, 2010, 01:14:25 am »
    Good night, Winter. Isn't it wonderful when people care and give you things just because they want to make you happy?
    See you tomorrow!

    They are so sweet! Not because of gifts and such only, not misunderstand, but because they take care of me, they care.. they are more friends now really. And my cats love it here too! I live on the countryside, near forest. It's beautiful here, I couldn't have asked for more...

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    « Reply #409 on: May 04, 2010, 02:55:49 am »
    Good Morning! :)
    I'll be at school today. We always have a cookout at the stables for our students in the Equine Department.
    I'm bringing the baked beans.
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #410 on: May 04, 2010, 04:09:31 am »
    Cool :D Lucky students that have you there! Do they read your books? I'm reading my book for may reading game. It's sort of a tradition now to participate in it, it's so much fun!! After that I will finish second book in In Her Name (typical me reading more than one trilogy/series at a time) and THEN!! Then I will be ready for Fire-Heart  ;D I just hope there will be a thread for that one to, or many threads-just like Elfhunter.. 

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    « Reply #411 on: May 04, 2010, 04:24:38 am »
    Betsy has promised 'Klub' offerings for both Fire-heart and Ravenshade. We should be all set!  :)
    Yes...a lot of the students read my stuff. All three books are in the college library and the bookstore sells out of them with great regularity. They give great discounts!  :D

    What are you reading for your May reading game?
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #412 on: May 04, 2010, 04:58:44 am »
    That's so cool!

    I'm reading Catherine and the Captain, by Margaret Lake.  :D I love that game, I have read great books by it, and it's fun picking books for others  ;D
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #413 on: May 04, 2010, 07:40:25 am »
    I should be reading my May book selection and finishing my reread of Elfhunter but I keep reading Web pages on chickens instead. ::) The chicks are supposed to arrive in two weeks and I am not ready yet. We still need to frame an interior wall so that I can finish setting up the brooder. I know that raising chicks should be easy but I keep worrying about them being too hot during the day or too cold at night even though I have two lamps with one on a timer. I can't test until that wall frame is done. Only one weekend left with DH off from work to work on the wall.
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #414 on: May 04, 2010, 08:29:56 am »
    You will do fine Annalog :)

    What is your book for this month? Now that I have started mine, I'm happy about the book I got!

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #415 on: May 04, 2010, 09:32:38 am »
    I've thought about doing the reading game, but I'm scared.  Just thinking about choosing a book for someone I don't know stresses me out - what if they hate it? (and then hate me?)  I would agonize over the selection, And then for someone who doesn't know me to choose a book for me to read .... well, that's downright scary!  although it does sound like fun!  idk, maybe one of these months I'll gather up my courage!

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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #416 on: May 04, 2010, 10:26:28 am »
    Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #417 on: May 04, 2010, 10:37:59 am »
    Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)

    Well ask it!!!   All of my pups have named themselves -=- well all except DD's Rott-Mix rescue.

    So it be a she variety it or a he variety it? Or a not it yet variety of he or she?
    Had it long enough to know if its a type A personality or rather laid back?
    Be normal colors for a BC or be it oddly marked?

    Give us something to work with here!  ;D
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #418 on: May 04, 2010, 10:42:14 am »
    You will do fine Annalog :)

    What is your book for this month? Now that I have started mine, I'm happy about the book I got!
    The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal. So far it is OK but I currently have chickens on the brain.  ;)

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    « Reply #419 on: May 04, 2010, 11:25:25 am »
    He be a He-pup. He be of normal coloration vis bordercolliage.
    I expect he'll name himself, but I think all good collie-stock-sheepie-types need one-syllable names.  Seems to be a tradition.
    I don't have him yet...will be a couple weeks probably. He's a normal, bouncy puppy of genius intellect.
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    « Reply #420 on: May 04, 2010, 12:10:29 pm »
    Well other than the one-syllable .....
    If he runs true to form for a Border he'll be a bundle of energy (waaaayyyyy tooo much energy) that'll bounce off the walls, fences, trees, etc. and only be happy if he's herding something -- horses, people, kids, other animals.

    That being the case I'd offer up the name Vaquero.
    (I suspect you'll know the origin).
    It's a fitting name for a herder.  :)


    EDIT -- OOPS an N snuck in there that didn't belong.
     
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    Re: Elves just want to have fun!
    « Reply #421 on: May 04, 2010, 12:13:07 pm »
    I've thought about doing the reading game, but I'm scared.  Just thinking about choosing a book for someone I don't know stresses me out - what if they hate it? (and then hate me?)  I would agonize over the selection, And then for someone who doesn't know me to choose a book for me to read .... well, that's downright scary!  although it does sound like fun!  idk, maybe one of these months I'll gather up my courage!
    Be sure to work up the courage next month! It's so much fun!!! Sure you get a little nervous, but it's so much fun! I have discovered two wonderful new books through it!! And it's so much fun when the book you love is loved by someone else. And we don't bite! And you won't get NogDog the first time either :P I truly recommend the game!!!!

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    « Reply #422 on: May 04, 2010, 12:18:32 pm »
    Hey, guys...I need a cool name for my new Border Collie!  :)

    I like the name Sam

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    « Reply #423 on: May 04, 2010, 01:01:16 pm »
    Or just call him Bob.

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    « Reply #424 on: May 04, 2010, 01:31:55 pm »
    I just bought the books, haven't read them yet, but maybe my answers will still help?

    1. When you first decided to purchase Elfhunter, what factors entered into your decision?


    Reviews, cool cover, no-DRM, and having a reasonable price.

    2. Having read it, do you believe you would be unhappy if you had paid 2.99?

    I haven't read them, but I will say that even if I end up thinking it's a dud after I do read it, I still wouldn't be unhappy that I paid $2.99.  That's cheaper than even the used paperbacks at my local used book store.  $3 is not too much to take a risk on, even if it doesn't pan out.  (This is not to say that I think the books will be duds...)

    3. Do you believe you would have purchased it for 2.99 to begin with, if you had read the sample and such?

    I bought all three books, including one that is $2.99 *without* having read the sample, just the blurbs, looking at the cover, reading reviews, and watching the book trailer.  I'm not much of a sample reader.  I have this thing about finishing books I start, so reading a sample would be like starting the book, so I'd have to finish it anyway.

    4. If I can save file space by removing illustrations, and therefore keep the 99 cent price point, should I do so?

    No, I don't think so.  Since e-books from trad. publishers or even indie releases from trad. published authors tend to be more in the $4.99 and up category, I think $2.99 is low enough to still entice new readers to give it a shot. 

    5. What if I re-formatted to include all three books in a single purchase? (It would be ENORMOUS, but I could do it).

    I would be worried about how that would affect page turns on the e-reader.  I don't know about Kindles, but on the Nook, once a file gets larger than 260KB, the page turns *really* slow down.  I don't know how .amz files are structured, though, so I don't know if they're like .epub which is basically a zip file containing smaller files that can easily stay under the 260KB limit.  (I could be wrong about the exact limit..but let's pretend it's 260KB for the sake of discussion.)

    6. If I re-price, the entire trilogy is still less than ten dollars. Do you think that's reasonable?

    Absolutely.  It would even still be less than the price of one of the DTB versions.

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