Pagan Book Clubs and Book Exchanges by Mail â€“ A Better Suggestion?
I understand.Â Books have become outrageously expensive, especially in the current economy.Â Itâ€™s the high cost of paper that publishers pass along to readers, returned books that are so bruised that they canâ€™t be sold in that condition and thus the cost is passed along to readers, and the 45 to 70% that the middle man gets, which is passed along to readers because otherwise it would cost the publisher just to sell the book.Â Itâ€™s no wonder many of pagan readers canâ€™t afford $10 to $25 for a book.
Readers would be amazed to know that neither the author nor the publisher are making â€œgrocery moneyâ€ off most of these books at those prices because they just canâ€™t stomach raising the prices any higher. So I understand when readers talk about book exchanges, even though I as an author will never see a penny of royalty for any reads a book gets after its first sale via a bookstore or publisher website.Â You know that happens.Â And Gods know, there are plenty of people who want me to send them a free book â€œto see if I get hooked on your work.â€
Sigh.Â Itâ€™s no wonder so many of my favorite authors have stopped writing when confronted with the choice of feeding their children by working at Wal-Mart or writing the books they love but donâ€™t get paid for. Thereâ€™s only so much time in a day and most of us have bills to pay.
Several online friends were talking about a book club for pagans, from the readersâ€™ point of view, and it made perfect sense as a reader.Â Then one said something that made me wonder.Â They mentioned exchanging books by mail, using media rate and how it would probably be less than $3 to send a book.Â Letâ€™s say thereâ€™s another $.50 for an envelope if you canâ€™t find a small box to recycle or have a free envelope.Â
So theyâ€™re willing to spend $3 to $3.50 for a bookâ€¦with most of that money going to the US Postal Service and none to the author or publisher.Â Hmmmm. So hereâ€™s aâ€”perhapsâ€”better suggestion thatâ€™s greener because it doesnâ€™t spend additional natural resources on transport or waste trees and if financially more favorable to authors.
If youâ€™re interested in continuing to see your favorite authors writing books about your favorite subjects (rather than spending their writing time waiting tables or sweeping floors) and youâ€™re willing to spend several dollars on a bookâ€™s TRANSPORTATION to you but wouldnâ€™t think about it for the book, then please consider spending the same amount as you would on postage by buying one of their less expensive ebooks.
For example, if youâ€™re a Prime member at Amazon, you can go right now and borrow pagan and spiritual ebooks from their lending library to be read on your kindleâ€”and the author will get a small royalty that sends a signal to please keep writing.
Some examples you can read for free:
SHAYNE ON YOU (Maggie Shayneâ€™s book that is so magickal and full of Law of Attraction!)
If you donâ€™t have a kindle, you can download the kindle app for free and read ebooks on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.Â
Examples under $5â€”and yes, some are ones Iâ€™ve had a hand in because itâ€™s easier to list quickly what I know about personally. In ascending order of price:
If you are an author with a pagan, New Age, or spiritually eclectic book on Amazon or at another ebook site and itâ€™s price is roughly the same as POSTAGE via media mail, please use the comment section below to list it.Â Tell us where weâ€™ll find it and let us and our readers support your work!Â