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 wouldn't pay for a digital copy, because I'm a dinosaur and have a hard time paying for something I don't have a physical artifact of.

That said, I'd love to win a physical copy. Luck be a lady, tonight!

Also, the final panel garnered a hearty chuckle from me today.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam S.

I'd say 7$, but probably up to 14$ if you made an apt comparison to starbucks' ridiculous prices and promised one or a few pages of exclusive content.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterborn in the nineties

$5 would be tempting, but I would probably end up buying the paper version for $10 on amazon.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcus Jones

What is a digital DRM-free copy?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermissymw

5 bucks easily, maybe 10 or 15 with both books and some bonus stuff :)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdrivinallnight

I think $7.5 per book, $20 for all three would be the sweet spot for me

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

[Pointless comment in an effort to be funny and enter the sweepstakes here.]

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPanderer

Sorry brah, but I am willing to pay zero. I like my comic books on paper. Especially in your case, where if I want to find *that* comic to show somebody I need to flip through it quickly... which is not really an option with e-books. But the good news is that I'll buy this book like the previous two (unless I win it now - maybe I should just shut up - damn it!)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMattia Landoni

I would pay slightly less for it than I would for the physical book.

As such, I am pleased that you covered up the idol's naughty bits in this photo. It was making my fiance uncomfortable.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine the Great


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

Wouldn't that be more like a sword-walker?

But, I think we have an idea for a new character in the Rocket Hat universe: The Durable Medical Equipment Avenger!

He'd be sort of a batman-type figure: no inherent powers, but lots of custom technology: ugly medical quad-cane sword. Tennis-ball-equipped sword-walker. A blood glucose meter that fires test strips at deadly speeds. A CPAP machine with a hose and mask that can be used as a lasso or grappling hook. A jetpack disguised as a oxygen tank with nasal cannula. And, of course, his up-armored Hoveround™ with buttons for "oil slick" and "smoke screen".

Actually, maybe he'd make a good villain...

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrax

The smoking jacket is back! (Be still my trembling heart)

And Rick is dressed as Boss Hogg. Can earth hold anything more glorious?

For those who think I need to get out more - I have always depended on the kindness of strangers . . .

(Why is the captcha in Sanakrit?)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

$5, I am cheap (or more accurately broke) though.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDammitJanet

I think that someone's running an implication play, highly depending on a defensive line running inferrence.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames of Vegas

I would gladly pay $10 for such a priceless collection.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim

I would be willing to pay up to $10. Though $7-8 would be preferable.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac

$5 would be a good price for me, especially if it comes with a guide to using a sword cane for fun and profit.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobot Z12

A sword cane, while more useful to the "common" gentleman, the wand-cane is also a suitable alternative for a more....Extraordinary of Gentlemen.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSam Wells

None, I would prefer it book form.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

$9.99 because 1 cent makes a lot of difference.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarson

I wish i could get the paperback edition, but damn shipping prices are murder. For the digital version I would not pay 10 dollars, i'm afraid.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterveron

I'm sure a few thousand people have said this lately, but Scott implied that Rick was a fool. Rick inferred that Scott called him a fool. (The speaker does the implying; the listener does the inferring.)

As for the book ... somewhere in the five- to ten-buck range. One of my favorite authors sells his backlist novels as ebooks for $5, and I go on impulse-buying sprees on his website a couple of times a year just because I can.

Also, yay for the return of the smoking jacket and the Colonel Sanders outfit. And sword-canes! This is undoubtedly the classiest webcomic ever.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

I'd pay $5 for your ebook.

Also, there's an error in this strip. You implied that he was a fool. He inferred it.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

I'm sure that others have said it, but I'm feeling pedantic. Scott implies that Rick is a fool. Rick infers, from Scott's comment, that he is a fool.

For the digital copy of "the Mummy book," the price has to be less than the dead-tree version. Even allowing for savings on shipping and the utter lack of DRM, I see no way of parting with $15 for the e-version. $9.99 is the logical compromise, and nines are lucky.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I would rather pay for the paper copy - call me old fashioned (or just old), but I have difficulty concentrating for any length of time on an e-book, etc.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterReek!

I shot Mountain Dew through my nose on the first panel, time to clean the LCD!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCraash420

I'd pay around $10. I'd prefer a print version any day though!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAsha

Implied not inferred. Rick was inferring, Scott was implying.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I would pay $11.99, but extra if it had a forward from Rick.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdam

The paperback copy is $14.95, so generally I'd go with $9.95. However, since the bonus content is advertised as being in color, I think the book loses some value for customers who would purchase this for use on a dedicated e-reader which typically are not capable of displaying color (my Kindle for example).

I'd personally go with $7.95 (a little of half priced) for the book if it is a standalone release. I know that this might not be possible as the previous books were released under a different publisher but if you are able to release the previous books at the same time as e-books, I'd drop it to $5.95 for each book and also release a combined version (or a 3 for 1 deal) priced at $14.95. The increased volume should offset the lower pricing which should ideally be more profitable immediately but achieving a wider distribution and expanding your fan base should certainly pay off on future books (or other BI related endeavors) even if the lower pricing ends up as a wash.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterErik

i like this comic, it's funny. Is this a prequel to another trip to the gentlemen's club ?mmmmm mint julips.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Nothing... It's free!! ... Oh, wait, you said "DRM-Free" version... Huh... Never mind!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterT-Dogg

I would pay $15 for your book.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMax

Typically, I'm willing to pay less for electronic copies than "real" copies. Now, I'm cheap so I'd probably only pay near $5, but I would likely think $10 was a fair price.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChely

I do not have an e-reader or whatevs and prefer paper books!

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMystrana

I would pay as much as $99.99 for a digital copy of your book. (but my wife wont let me)

Fun comic today. :)

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbonhomous

I think if you want people to actually buy the electronic version rather than pirating it, the price has to be at least as low as getting a paperback used. I'd say around $5.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkane2742

I guess I'd pay like €5-10 for it. I like to have books. You know, paper books. For one of those, I'd pay much more.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBest Of

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

I'd brandish a sword-cane at you until you gave it to me for free...

I meant as a 'gift' between 'gentlemen.'

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKierkegaard

Probably about $8 - $10

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Honestly, I'd pay about 20 bucks for myself personally, up to 30 for a friend or special occasion that I think it'd be perfect for.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobin
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