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 let someone buy me a digital copy of your book for $5.99-$10.99

Any more than that and I would feel obligated to reciprocate.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterC1-NRB

Who's the greater fool, the fool or the fool who follows him?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBL44RG

Note to self: Purchase World's Fanciest Sword-cane.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

I would glady pay you Tuesday for a Curse of the Masking Tape Mummy book today.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoltan

$10 is a fair amount, I think.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCieyrin

$8.06, give or take. It depends on format and extras. Just a plain old pdf, maybe $7.50, a bookmarked pdf or epub so that I can look through a list of how to's, $8.09.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessiEeee!

I would pay about 15 bucks for a drm copy that was a full purchase instead of a license. Never liked the idea of a company being able to take back what I bought.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin


Two points... how much would I pay for your book in an electronic form.... hmm... perhaps $5. However, I would MUCH, MUCH prefer it in the paper form.

For today's comic, the "genteel" nature of the alternative you and Rick would stereotypically be appropriate to be smoking pipes as well. I like these "genteel" versions and hope they are occasionally featured in much the same way as your superhero versions.


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPipeTobacco

I'd probably pay something like $7.29 (=49 SEK).

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMåns

$10 seems very reasonable for an e-copy of the book ....

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob L.

The speaker implies. The listener infers. One of the many life lessons I learned by watching Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

About ten pounds

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

THAT is an awesome sword-cane!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterwooddragon

All of about e^I(PI)+1 dollars. Paper is cool.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPooky

Most self help books are much less entertaining and far less amusing, it sure would be nice to win one.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSea Hag

Gentlemanly disagreements are the only recognised form of debate in the interdimentional court of discussion, truefax

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergraham

I would pay up to $9.97. I might pay $9.98 if it was made with environmentally friendly, recycled digital materials. Maybe a minimum of 75% post-consumer content.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate

I'd probably pay up to $10 for a digital copy. Though, honestly, I'd rather foot the extra few dollars to have a copy in print.

Also, lol sword-cane.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAriana

I paid a dollar for an app that just makes sounds... (I'm hanging my head in shame...)

I might buy your book for around $5 or so, 30-50% off the paper price - depending om how much you'll give me for my Canadian money - maybe even my Canadian Tire money...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrizzz

The printed book is ~15 before s/h, right? I'd say a digital version should be ~1/4 the print cost (3.99 seems reasonable) since you lose the magnificence of print quality and utility of a physical book (i.e. when your desk decides one leg should be shortened...what else can you jam under there in an emergency?).

Ah, sword-canes...truly a weapon for more civilized times.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervalhallas_end

I answered your question in a blog post. I hope it counts!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRay C

I guess that I'd pay some price.

Bur, the details are unimportant.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJack

2.99 without thinking, 9.99 with moderate thinking, higher with trepidation.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

For the contest first: I would be willing to pay five dollars for it, especially if it was available on the Nook!

As for the comic, you raise an interesting point..and yes, I'm about to sound a little nerdy here. Both The Prisoner, and Space: 1999 were as thought provoking as they were interesting. I would agree that The Prisoner did seem to flow better (for lack of a better term), and has certainly stood up to the test of time more. That being said, Space: 1999 can be very rewarding if you suspend disbelief and put yourself in their place. Being trapped so far from home would be an emotional strain that would give any ordinary situation an extra edge.

Of course The Prisoner stands up better simply because it's not meant to be understood exactly. We never know who is holding him for sure, nor even what secrets he might hold that they want so bad. I think that's what has helped it, and what has ensured the DVD boxed set a place in my home vs Space: 1999.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid J.

I'm not too likely to buy a digital copy. I like real books. That being said, if I *was* to buy one, $5 or so sounds reasonable.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbintmejnuna

For digital copy, around $5. More for a hard copy, since I prefer those.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterinfinity+1

I would pay about 65% of retail. The benefits (instant gratification, access on mobile devices) begin to be outweighed for me there. At 100% I can get the physical copy and put it on my shelf, loan it to friends, give it to my wife. I'd probably spring higher if I knew you got a better cut of the process though. Artist and all.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGonzo

23 Quarks, and the Higgs boson thrown in if it has both books in. Any cool bonus features, and I will add some of the String Theory string too.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG

Paper books all the way!!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentere11en


February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfunderwood

For the contest: My honest answer is I have tried digital comics and wordy-no-picture books previously and absolutely hate them! So when I buy my books they remain in the physical form of mangled tree cadavers.
Re today's comic: sword-canes are far superior to cane-swords, as it will start to plunge into the ground Excalibur-style any time you leaned on it :)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDodgy

I would probably pay $10, partly to support your great work! However, if (when) I buy one of your books, I'd almost definitely invest in a paper copy, since I can read your comics on the computer for free already!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Joel

A digital copy would be priceless.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGary Manning

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

Nothing, since I still prefer hard copy. Another fine comic.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I prefer printed books (nothing like rifling through pages), but if you were asking how much I'd pay for Rick's sword-cane, now that would be different. And my answer? Depends on how much disposable income I had at the time.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Physical copy or bust! Your archive is already online anyway...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentervanko715

i don't have an electronic reading device, but i'd say i'd pay whatever the standard price is for a book like that minus two dollars. also, if i pirate it i will still expect the two dollars off which would mean you will owe me two dollars. where are my two dollars, scott?!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteryos-wa

I would pay up to $4.99 without thinking about it, up to $10 after talking myself into it. But, only brcause I'm a rabid fan with very little concept of the value of money (I once impulse-bought a car).

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

Where does one obtain a sword cane?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTodd
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