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 prefer to stick to paper books for now, but I'd be willing to give you drm-free digital copy (i.e. a jpeg) of a twenty dollar bill for a digital copy of one of your books.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDerek

Great comic!

I think $10 is about right for a digital copy of pretty much any book. I own your first two, and they are very entertaining.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBridget M

. . . nothing, btw. I would only pay for a real paper book.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Can I pay you in gum?

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBryan

What are normal books going for these days? Dollars? Ears of corn? I would pay 10 standard book monies for one - no question. I might be persuaded to go up or down in monies for more or less content than the standard constant content volume, whatever that may be according to the current literature exchange rates.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAVDev

I LOVE the return of Colonel Rick and the Smoking Jacket!!!

I actually wouldn't pay that much for a digital copy of your book. I would much rather shell out a few dollars more and get a hard copy. You have single handedly cornered the coffee-table-book market in my house, and that simply wouldn't be possible with an e-book.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrett

We love your strip even in China! I'd pay a quality 100RMB...for your book good sir...yes 100RMB.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterxianease

Like a couple other people, I probably wouldn't buy a digital copy. Books are cool because they have like real pages and stuff and you can keep them on a shelf. Plus I don't have an ereader, so the only way for me to show someone an ebook is to hand them my laptop... And then they might touch the screen. Only I may touch the screen.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

$9.99, more if there are extra features or exclusive content.

February 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKih-Osh

I dunno what DRM is or why it needs to be free of it, but I think I agree with others in that it needs to be a printed-on-paper book for me to read it.


February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I would pay $10 for a digital copy!

I would pay $15 if both books were included!

I'd pay more if I would just stop missing your deadlines for the Infini-T!

Love your stuff!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterApple

I'd pay about 10 dollars for the eBook.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDimitri Wolf

Brilliant as always. Personally, I prefer physical books for comics and such, but I would still consider ponying up for an ebook.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

hm...about $15

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAsato

$5 definitely
$10 possibly

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNJohnson

50% of the hardcopy price sound about right.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoosemonster

I would pay 1 cent, if the payment form-filling didn't take too long. I find enough interesting free things on the internet, and Basic Instructions doesn't have that unique a selling point to me. I like it, but few things get me to pay for them.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRory O'Kane

i'd pay 50 if it came with a free sword cane

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

I strongly prefer a paper version, however if I were to buy a digital version I would pay about $3 for it, maybe up to $5 but no more than that. I would buy it not for the book but to support the author.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

Never challenge a knife-collector to any contest involving blades!

You have made me want a cane with the golden idol on top. I used to want Barnabas Collins' silver wolf-head cane, but that is dead to me now. Thanks.

Answer: I wouldn't buy a digital copy of the book. For some reason I only like comic collections in print, even webcomics that I read online all the time.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJSC


February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBlaine Moore

So how does one disagree if one is an uncivilized oaf?

In answer to your question, I would pay nothing for I am a tight arse who hopes to win it for free.
If I was to win the lottery then I would possibly be convinced to part with several dollars then spend a significant part of my fortune getting it printed and bound and thus defeating the purpose of electronic books. Huzzah!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterViv

You, good sir, are continuing to display your brilliance!

Oh, and I think I have 53 cents, a button, and some pocket lint. For shizzle, I would pay $10 for an electronic copy. No, wait, one shizzle would do...

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbyevad

I'm still in the Dark Ages of Books Made From Trees (after all, distinguished gentlemen need an impressive library), but IF I currently bought e-books, I would pay $10 for it, I think.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSock Puppet

Probably $10. But if I got a free copy of one of one of your books in digital format, maybe I'd consider going higher for the next two after reading it.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdawgie

I much prefer hard-copy, but might be willing to part with $3 - $5 for a digital version.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

I'm just a poor student, so 5 dollars.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterles

I wouldn't buy it myself, at least not until I got something I could read it with. My wife won't let me near the Kobo. Besides - I am waiting for the APP - so I have an excuse to buy a tablet.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramona

$14.99 - and I have bought both of the Basic Instructions offerings for my iPhone - THANKS!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeej

I'm an ebook cheapskate, so I'd probably only shell out $5, even though I recognize it will be a fabulous thing.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Lyons

Much the same as many other posts, I'd pay up to $10 without question, and probably up to $15 without much of a second thought. Of course, make sure you make use of the "wow, $9.99 isn't really $10!" ploy that people can't seen to figure out. Maybe a sale, with two books for $19.95 as an even bigger bargain?

Thanks for the great comics!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJittery

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

Would they be available in Brazil?

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoris

last chance to win eh? i guess i had better make this one count. $10 is a bargain i would go up to $20 for $5 i'll give you my credit info right now.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterother scott

I would pay $10. If it cost more than that, I would buy the actual book.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Dramatically slamming a book shut upon finishing it is way more sayisfying than switching a kindle off & gently placing it on the table.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarly Marly May

I would pay, which is not to say that I can pay, $15 for a digital DRM edition of your book. And if you would like to know, I already have a digital edition of most of your comics, not from your books, but because I save the image files from the site in a document on my computer so that I can periodically re-read them later.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNate L

I would pay 10 magic beans (aka 10 Canadian Dollars) -- however, I MUCH prefer the physical copies, so my money will likely be spent there.

I would pay for an ongoing Basic Instructions APP for my smart phone though...

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJonnyB

I'll be honest, I wouldn't pay more than $1. Frankly I look at books of comics as nothing much more than the comics they have released in the past, and if I want to read the comics you've written in the past, it is a fairly simple matter for me to look in the archives of this very website.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Hundreds. Literally hundreds.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMasterShake

Cane swords for the win!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
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