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 not pay anything, I'm afraid, as I don't have a device to read it on--other than this computer, which can access this website, rendering the digital file moot.

Moot moot.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

I would rather have seen you and Rick fight it out with the sword-canes.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

I normally get my e-books from Amazon Kindle free classics, and read them on my smart phone. On the other hand, I also frequently buy used books for anywhere from 25 cents to a dollar. On the other hand, I also subscirbe to several magazines that cost several dollars per issue, most of which have as much content as a novel. On the other hand, I also borrow books from friends and lbrairies for free. On the other hand, I have bought several online comic collections for up to $10.

Instead of hands, I should have said tentacles.....

So, in summary, probably around $5, considering it is electronical so the economies of scale can really work in your favor if you do it right.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

Probably about $5. But I'm cheap.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnitra

$7.99 is a good price point. But I doubt I would buy a digital copy, as I plan to use my paper copy by shredding all of the pages, weaving the shreds into a rope, making the rope into a lasso, and using the lasso to capture a raptor. Then, I will tame and ride my raptor into a bookstore, where I will harness the fear the raptor causes to convince the clerk to give me another paper copy of the book free. Afterward, i will give the clerk my tamed raptor, and laugh with him about how scared he was. Lastly, I will take my free book home and lie in bed with it.

There is nothing better than lying in bed reading a free book.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjeff handley

i think $5 to $10 would be reasonable.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWQR

I haven't gotten into the whole digital-books thing yet.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEric Phillips

I didn't pay anything for the DRM-free copy I torrented.

Just kidding. No one would go through that much effort to pirate your book.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSumocat

I think $10 is a fair price for an E-Book, and DRM free is great!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermorerunes

I would pay $15, $20 for bonus material!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWally

How long are your books? I don't really know how much I'd pay...Definitely less than I would for a paper one. Take the price of your paper one and mark it down 30%.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

I would pay $6.99 for a digital copy, and $15.99 for a printed copy. Digital copies of things just aren't as good as a solid, tangible object. I'd rather have an actual CD with all of the inserts and lyrics, as opposed to mp3s and jpgs. Same goes for books. Besides, it gets expensive falling asleep with the laptop anywhere near the alarm clock.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

To be truthful, I probably wouldn't pay any for a digital, DRM-free version of one of your books, unless it has annotations or bonus comics or something, seeing as you already have a DRM-free website of every comic you've uploaded free.

If you wrote a short story or some rejected comics or something, now that I'd pay for.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrGuy

Where's is your monacle and luchador mask?

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg

Basic Instructions Episode VI: Return of the Smoking Jacket.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

I think you'll find a civilized gentleman values his good humour above his money, and thus would pay any price named in order to ensure the perpetuation of that humour. Namely, a quality digital tome.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Benjamin Starns

Hmm. Five bucks american is as high as I would go.

And kudos to Rick for that rarer than the phoenix win!

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

I... would pay money.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIda

I still have like $25 in Second Life. You can have that.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterST

$10 is a nice round number.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

For DRM free, I'd pay the same as the paper book. I figure the convenience factor about offsets the savings of publishing digitally. There are savings there, right?

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterScott Felder

$6.73 easy. Maybe $6.91 if I scrounged the couch for coins.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

this one made me giggle. and $10 easy...

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentergoobish

Isn't a digital version of the book this website?

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBen Brockert

Sorry, no help. I would only be interested in a physical copy, preferably signed....

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBigFriendlyMike

Since I will get the paper version of the book anyway, I'd need to estimate the additional value of an electronic version. Maybe $5.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKeith

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

$10 is a good amount. Love the strip.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Not as much as a printed copy since a digital version might be harder to take around. I'm guessing around $10 is fair. Too much and less people purchase.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicky


February 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersburch79

I would probably pay $5-7 for an ebook of yours, based solely on the strength of what I've seen of Basic Instructions (I'm a relatively new reader, but I like it a lot).

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Miller

I'd pay 10ish dollars. Maybe 15. I'm in a small south east asian country and the currency exchange makes anything more expensive pretty painful.

February 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoger

I think i would be willing to buy a digital, non DRM version of your books for about 10 bucks, depending on the format. My wife has a Kindle but I have a Sony (ePub). PDF would be ok for her, but less than stellar for me.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhil

That's exactly how I feel about my sword cane.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfiercebadrabbit

i would pay exponentially more for a sword cane

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbobert

I don't know how much I would pay. I'm fairly cheap. But I think the idea in the next comic is an amazing one.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShushy McQuietpants

I'd say about 10$.

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy


February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFiremeier

I've never bought a digital copy of any book, so I can't honestly say I'd pay anything for that. I still like the hard copies, though, and I've bought them all (a free copy would still be cool, though).

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

So, by this definition, Gregory House is automatically a gentleman?

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterShanon Michaud

I'd probably pay about $10, tops. I'm much more inclined to own physical, paper books instead (and am willing to pay for that privilege).

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJason Flythe

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