Have We Become Too Cheap for Our Own Good?
Mike Sturm

I’ve written about this problem specifically regarding eBooks here. We writers, I think, have unwittingly, but significantly, participated in training readers to believe all writing should be free. Between the internet and the thousands upon thousands of eBooks readers can get free at any particular moment, why pay for reading material, ever? It’s maddening, from the writer’s perspective. I think nothing of paying $2.99 for a bag of chips at a convenience store. I think nothing of handing over $3 bucks for a used paper book that looks interesting in a bookstore. But even I, a writer, find myself hesitant to push the “add to cart” button on a $2.99 eBook. There’s always the thought — Can I get this free on another site? It’s crazy.

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