How to Disagree Like Civilized Gentlemen

A WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED!! Alright, it's time for the third and final chance to win a signed copy of my book “Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy.”  

Again, to enter all you have to do is leave a comment on this comic (How to Disagree Like Civilized Gentlemen). The winner will be selected at random on Thursday morning (Feb 23rd).  Again, I will ask a question that you can, but are not obligated to, answer.

Today's question: How much would you pay for a digital, DRM-free version of one of my books?

Just curious.

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Reader Comments (333)

I would pay up to $10 without hesitation. Any more and I'd probably stop to think about it.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Tomblin

Now, THIS is an original strip. I enjoyed it greatly.

Now, about the digital book... considering the paperbacks sell for about 10, I'd gladly pay 5 for a digital version (assuming it's a hi-res PDF that I can print myself).

I hope "just curious" is just an expression, and you're actually considering this.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiego

I would probably pay about $8 for a purely digital version, and maybe $15 ($20 on impulse) for an embodied ebook. (Warning: Somewhat NSFW imagery present on other pages of site.)

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim McCormack


oh, and colonel sanders.. awesome!

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertimbo

I would damage my sword-cane for a digital copy of your book!

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHopefully a Contest Winner

I think you meant to say that you implied that Rick was a fool.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranimus

$9.99. $11.99 if there are good bonus features. $18.99 if both books are included.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTormodG

OVER 9,000 pennies.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLleu

Rick looks like he is wearing a Colonel Sanders costume. Sanders was a southern gentleman I guess...

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterImpudent Urinal

I think you implied that Rick is a fool, and he inferred it.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Etheridge

The top of your cane makes me think it might be one of those totally unfashionable ones with a platform at the bottom with four feet. Which, come to think of it, would be the best disguised sword-cane ever. No one expects an ugly medical quad-cane sword-cane!

I think $5 for the book would be a lock. You might have gotten more, but you sabotaged yourself with this strip, because you got me thinking about that Rutger Hauer movie Blind Fury. So maybe I can find it on DVD or iTunes or somewhere cheap. So I need a couple bucks for that. It's your own fault.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrax

$NZ10. Are you wearing a bathrobe Scott? it looks a bit long for a smoking jacket...

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I think I'd be willing to pay $5

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterQHUdspeth

As a kid I always thought sword-canes were the coolest things in the world and wanted one in the worst way. I inspected lots of canes but never found one with a sword. I'm happy to see they're still cool. And I'm really happy to see that only the cool canes have swords.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMadwyclyffe

Excellent strip! The ones where Rick gets half a point in are the BEST and funniest, imho. And the medical cane v. truly awesome cane/subtle plug for masking tape mummy contest was truly awesome!

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I would pay you 1,200 for a digital copy of one of your yen.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterStacheMan

I like the regular paper books.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Would your book also be gluten-free? Because I could only get it if was free of the gluten.

But seriously, some successful self-published ebook authors have said that $2 is the sweet spot for an ebook. We, you're loyal fans, would no doubt pay more. But you may want to take that $2 figure into account if you want to cast a wider net, like trying to sell it on

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBillJ

I probably wouldn't buy a digital version at all, sorry -- I generally read ebooks on my Kindle or my phone, both of which are great for text but really bad for anything graphical.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

I wouldn't if there was a printed version available. Easier to keep near the toilet.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCortJstr

Digital copy? I'd probably never get one in the first place unless it was free.
I'm much too old-fashioned, I prefer books of the sharp, fragile and highly flammable variant. Kicking back on the couch to read with an overheating laptop in the lap just isn't the same. :(

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKjelsberg


February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwombatjuggernaut

Truthfully, I'm a techno-luddite (despite being thirty-something and working in IT my entire career). You've heard of late adopters? I'm a +5yr adopter. I probably won't have an e-reader of any kind until they're built into Tamagotchi and come in a cereal box. Or a kind soul gets me one as a gift.

Say, have you heard of this band The Beatles? I think they show promise.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKozz

Scott, a true gentleman needs a sword-cane that isn't lame.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSterling Camden

"How much would you pay for a digital, DRM-free version of one of my books?"

Agree with one of the above answers, $10 for an instant, impulse purchase. I'd probably go up to $20 if given a little while to think about it, and $30-$40 for a 'I have disposable cash, why not treat myself with an irrational but enjoyable purchase' the next time I feel rich.

Also I had a sword-cane (well, a cane) but it was damaged in a dispute. If only you had released this strip earlier.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFluffy

I'd definitely pay $5-8 for a high-quality digital version.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr Bwaa

I would gladly pay 10 dollars for the privilege of reading a book with such comics as this in it.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlala

I would pay both nothing, and yet everything! Such is the mystery of the sword-cane!

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterOtto

All of my dollars (so, like, 15).

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGiondi

Awesomw work, as always, as for a digital version, maybe $7-$10

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Anyone else hear this in their head with British accents?

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercoke

...PAY for digital content?!

I disagree with the very notion, sir.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfilsmyth

"I implied" or "you inferred" (although it is a bit ambiguous. You could make a case for "I inferred," but it's awkward.)

And $0. I am a cheap, cheap bastard.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjonesey

Definitely $5; would do $10. For that matter - DONATE; heck it would probably cost me over $10 to get the book shipped to me (I live in Canada), so donating money here and buying an electonic copy would be WAY cheaper...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaplander

I'd pay about ten bucks to be honest.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNoah Isaac Pagano

Oh, and the Prisoner WAS Infinitely Superior to Space:1999

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaplander

I would say that depends on the value of the dollar by the time I have paid off my student loans and/or gotten a real job. In current money, I might be convinced to pay some $5-10 if I were slightly incapacitated.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrew

@Frax - I would argue that it could be the beginning of a new kind of cane-related weaponry: THE FOUR-HEADED TENNIS BALL MACE-CANE!!!

I would pay $5.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarkus

Haha crazy coincidence talking about The Prisoner, I was just reading this comic today:

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom

I'm a purist and buy them all on dead trees and leave them in the bathroom to corrupt houseguests. If I were going to get one online, maybe $5 tops, considering I could just come to this site and read them for free as long as I had the electronic gadget out.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
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