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)

$4.99 for a downloadable .pdf version (if it's printable, cool, I get to use my crayons, water paints and magic markers)
$6.99 for Amazon Kindle version
will NOT buy from Apple store

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKevin A Kunreuther

I'd pay around £5, not sure what that is in your piddly American money

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDiber

I love the orthopedic sword-cane in panel 4!

I typically don't buy digital only stuff, so $0. But, I would buy a physical book for $10 (more on a good day).

Heck, I still buy the CD instead of downloading music. I can always recover lost data. Yes, I do feel like a dinosaur admitting this.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

i would go $5.99, $105.99 if you included an autographed sword-cane.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternavarro

I'd definitely pay $10. Maybe more if there were a couple of eaxtras and/or easter eggs ONLY in that version.

Craig Steffen

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraig Steffen

You made a wise decision - it looks like Rick's cane is much more practical as a weapon, bladed or not. Your cane-walker may have more weight, but very awkward to wield.

As soon as I have to start thinking about a price limit, it is no longer an impulse buy. I suppose up to/less than $10. Just the postage to Germany of a printed book would run more than that.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlan

3 $ (but I am incredibly cheap, moreover haven't read too many of your comics).

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbans

Although this is not the price I would pay, I feel strangely compelled to quote the classic movie "The Running Man" and say "I'd buy that for a dollar!".

Seriously, a DRM-free version of the e-book would easily run $9.99, which I would pay in a heartbeat.



February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrace Belcher

I'd pay around £5, which would be just under $8 which seems like a good average.
You could always try a pay what you want method, it's been done before and has worked well seeing as those who pay little will be balanced out by those who pay a lot.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSigma117

$10 seems to be an appropriate number, I think.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKith

We should quarrel over the proper way of muddling a mint julep.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjh

I would be willing to pay $9.99. But I think you would sell a boat load of these at $4.99. There's something about "less than 5 bucks" that's appealing to younger folks.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa from Indiana


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlitz

As usual a fine comic.

In response to your question I would spend precisely as much as the fiancee would allow... which until the wedding take place would be about forty-seven cents. After the wedding, up to and including twelve dollars and ninety-five cents.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas

5 to 8 bucks seems fair. I'd pay 10, but that's just because I like you.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCapndan

$5-7. Hmm, that cane looks vaguely familiar...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaken

I would pay:

OVER 9000!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdaryl

Ooh, I want an ugly medical quad-cane with FOUR swords in it!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercholling

Ten dollars is a wholly reasonable price point. I'd probably go up to 15 before I started second-guessing.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaMullet

For DRM-free digital thingy I'd probably go as far as 10€ but obviously cheaper would be better :)

Actually I'd by far prefer it in digital form over paper. First of all reading stuff in an ebook reader is WAY more convenient and second I'll be paying tripple the price for paper stuff due to shipping things to this edge of the world being so horribly expensive.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKalle

Well, Actually...
To "Infer" is to come to a conclusion based upon premises known, or unknown... What you did was "Imply" that Rick is a fool.

Well, Actually FTW!!!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkipp

Tim, that's the worst website I've ever seen (

I'd pay $10AUD, which is like $15 USD or something.

I should really just buy your physical books.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

$9.99 but wait there's more!
If you call now we'll throw in the Colonel's string tie for just shipping and handling!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenternatedogg

I think I'll pay 5$ for the book, seems a fair price. The new strip is great!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterValentina

If I had an e-reader that wasn't so Old I could read comics on it?
9.99-14.99 AND NOT A PENNY MORE!
Maybe a few dollars more.
But I demand that the price involve 99 cents!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJeshka

Now that's how to fight with sword canes.

I'd pay $10 but only if I had an e-reader or tablet to keep it on so I wouldn't pay that right now. Sorry.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCutty_Darke

AwesOme strip. And I'd probably spend between $4 and $10 on an ebook.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEddyline

I'd certainly pay the standard $10 for it. More if it includes the Rocket Hat comic.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersnowdog

$10 would be a good price.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteph

Loved this strip. I would enjoy owning my own sword-cane.

I'd happily pay up to £8/$12.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWelu

probably 5 bucks, but only if it was easy to pay for, as in, i can use an itunes or amazon gift card, rather than an actual credit card (which i don't have).

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhikaru

I was terribly entertained by your efforts, Mr. Meyer. What is a digital, DRM-free version of a book? You must come to Downton for one of my son's hunts, do you ride?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Dowager Countess

One might infer you are a fool from the fact that you didn't say "implied?"


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Kay

I would pay upwards 0f $10

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDennis Unger

Let's see, I only by Kindle ebooks for less than the paperback cost, but that's locked to Amazon. For unlocked, I'd probably pay the full $15 of the hard copy. For $5, I wouldn't have to stop and think or check with the other half on the electronic vs. paper tradeoff.

Yes, I know the "eh, it's only $5" mentality is what allows my little sister to spend all her money on coffee and have no idea where her paychecks all go. But it's only a mistake when SHE does it.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaime

On one had, paperbacks are $10, so a digital version should cost less. But on the other hand, shipping is an additional $15 where I live so $10, being less than $25, is a good deal. But on the third hand, I can always read the comics online. But on the fourth hand, that's not the point.

I'm going to stop thinking about it before I run out of hands. I'm going to go with $10. Seems fair.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVedran

Probably 8-10 bucks, and it doesn't have to be DRM free, I just want to be able to read it on my Gen 3 kindle.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteryd39

I agree with others who have recognized a sort of subconscious "ceiling" for digital versions of $10.00. That being said, I think that you might still lose a segment of potential buyers the closer you get to that figure. I would think that you're floor should be $5.00 and you could get away with as much as $7.00 before the "cheap bastiges" segment I belong to would balk.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBart Ray

I would be willing to pay you exactly what it's worth, except that I don't like that it's DRM-free. I would prefer to have the Daily Radiation Monitor included. What? Of course that is what he's talking about. Only a fool would disagree.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTom Hinton

Sorry, I'm not an ebuyer.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrimgrim
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