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 think it'd depend on what was included in the book. Generally I prefer paper copy, but if there was something fancy that was only available online...hell, you could be evil and have special content only included in the respective versions. Which would be diabolical.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Seeing as you are a most awesome comic artist stripper... Wait, that doesn't sound quite right...

27 moon credits and not a credit more.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermicalk

A king's ransom, as long as that king rules a small and unpopular country.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

I'd be willing to pay about 6.99 to 9.99. C=

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSal

Five bucks, probably.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick

I think the $10 dollar range would be good, I could see myself laying that down. Though if it had cool extras in the back or something I think I might go as high as $15, but it would be iffy.

As to this comic, sword canes solve everything. *nods sagely*

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkasha

The second panel makes the pedant heart in me glow with pride.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael McLawhorn

If I had a kindle or something like that I might consider buying a digital version of the book, but as I only have a desktop PC I would just come to the website to read the strips. Having them on my hard drive wouldn't really serve much of a purpose. Maybe a dollar or two for the bonus content, but I would actually be more likely buy a shirt or something to show support. I think I might do that next time Infini-Tee's are available.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

Slightly less than the book, because there are not only no pages but not even a cover even.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrofister

Honestly? I would not. Like, unless it was an entire book of new material that I could be guaranteed wouldn't later show up on this site. The site kinda is a digital, DRM free one of your books so I'd feel I was paying for what I already had for free. I have and likely will again pay cash money for a dead tree version of your book but I think you'll be hard pressed to find a large number of buyers for a digital version of a digital comic.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

I'd pay a good $20 easily if it was truly DRM free. And formatted for my kindle touch.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick

To be honest, I'd pay $5 bucks for a digital version; I'd rather buy real books with real paper pages otherwise !

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRaphus

I'll pay 5 € without even thinking about it. "DRM-free" is the magic word, so I might pay up to 10 €.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanne

I'd probably pay $8-$12 easily. More and I'd have to budget, and if I'm budgeting I'd rather get the hardcopy anyway.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshtaraSilunar

I don't care for ebooks, maybe I'm old fashioned or wasteful, I just prefer owning a hard copy when it comes to books (unless their textbooks) even if it is DRM free. With that said I probably would not buy an ebook.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBranden

$5-$10 would be acceptable to browse it on meh Kindle. Also a fan of the Colonel.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrousers

Do you mean "I inferred" or "I implied"?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrrgg

I was thinking that the head on Rick's cane looked like the idol from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, then scrolled down and yeah.

For an ebook, I would probably go up to $10.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteratorus

While in theory, I would like to pay upfront for digital content for artists I deem deserving, in practice, I almost never do so. However, I will gladly look at plenty of ads to support content developers. I abhor piracy, but have a big mental roadblock to paying a direct fee for digital media, with subscription fees being worse.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterprofessandobey


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercoeus

I wouldn't. But that's because I'm in fairly deep debt, and much prefer physical books anyways. I haven't got the disposable income or mentality for a digital copy.

If i did, however, I would pay about in the ten dollar range.
Fifty if it was encrusted with digital diamonds.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrake

II'd give you my dignity but im sure i lost it a long time ago, maybe my sanity? when i find it (i think i left it behind the fridge).
You can have my concience - i think we can both agree i dont need one of those!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBernice

That would depend on shipping, and what site you were selling through.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDRS

Би 5000₮-д өгөнө. Мөнгөл улс рүү явуулах уу? :)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJerry

I'd... Probably pay about 3 bucks. I'm not big on digital books...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZ2

I won't say that I'd be reluctant to pay more than $5, but I'll imply it,,,

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr Sketchy

I would trade my half full box of cornflakes for the DVD

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Probably about twenty.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

I would be willing to pay hundreds of... pennies for a digital copy of your book. but probably no more then a thousand pennies

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdolo


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDale Flannery

A digital copy is rather useless to me, so I wouldn't pay anything for one and just buy the physical book instead.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimeSublime

If I won the contest? Nothing, obviously!

If I didn't win the contest? Maybe like 25 cents. I already have the comics in a free, non-DRM version. That's what the website is. All I'm really getting is the "bonus content" which at best is a few extra pages of new comics, and more likely is just a forward by another author.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLockeZ

I prefer a solid thwacking book to a beep-boop electronic one.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwielguism

I'd definitely pay about $10 for the e-Book. Love today's strip.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

Commenting like any good American who likes to win free stuff.

Not sure what a digital, DRM-free book would even consist of (other than "reading Scott's site")... although I don't use ebooks either.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Nothing says "fancy" like a small, hand-made idol of one's rival.

I'd pay up to whatever £15 is in your imperial pig-dog currency, assuming it works on my left-handed metric printer of course.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersheriffmuffin

Now you've got my hopes up.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFiona Malone

I would pay seven toes and a spleen.

What do you mean harvested body parts are no longer acceptable currency?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDustyVentures

Awesome comic. Now where can I get me a sword cane.

And as for price, I'll be honest, I'm a cheapskate, so I would only pay $3 for a digital version (I like my comics in print thankyouverymuch). HOWEVER I think that you should go with the average of everyone's prices, to reach a fair market value.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblennus

I wouldn't pay for a digital copy, as I'm about the last person in the world to not have an e-reader!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Hunt

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