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As an author, contributing to a gorgeous collaboration like The North Cascades: Finding Beauty and Renewal in the Wild Nearby, is a (sorry, I can’t resist) peak experience.
I finally got my hands on an advance copy and am thrilled by the result.
The 190-page paperback coffee-table book, with two hundred or so glorious illustrations, goes on sale about October 1. I’m the lead author, but it’s very much a group labor of love by eight writers, twenty-eight photographers, two artists, and with several historic images.
Some thirty organizational partners and more than forty donors helped make publication possible by Braided River, the conservation imprint of Mountaineers Books. That keeps the retail list price to $29.95, a real bargain for a book of this quality, and makes it the best Christmas present ever.
The North Cascades are also known as the American Alps, and the book has the kind of stunning panoramas you’d expect. But the book’s pictures also zero in on people, animals, plants, insects, leaves, rocks…it captures the full sensual glory of this range in northern Washington State.
Writing contributors include Pulitzer-winning poet Gary Snyder (who was a North Cascades fire lookout in the 1950s), Richard Louv, author of the bestselling Last […]
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The old rule of thumb, as cited by the publishing industry, was that the price of a book (meaning hardback) should be about the price of a good restaurant meal.
As in, $25 to $30 for most hardbacks today.
Then came paperbacks. Then came book superstores and chains. Then came ebooks. Then came Amazon. Throw in libraries, used book sales, Internet piracy and electronic promotions of free titles, and sometimes a book is lucky to be worth the price of a cup of coffee.
My latest price on three early novels presently available only as ebooks on Kindle and Nook is roughly a grande latte, or $3.99. After looking at sales records, that’s a two-buck cut from an experiment closer to what I think I deserve, $5.99.
I was selling enough additional electronic copies of Ice Reich, Getting Back, and Dark Winter at lower prices that my net income was higher. So, readers once more get a bargain. At least I think so.
This is largely an academic exercise since sales have always been relatively modest for these older books – we’re talking pocket change, not mortgage money here, folks – but I plan to publish more ebooks of my own in the future, […]