Re: USD $5 for a single Dr. Dobbs article
It does seem a lot. I think I would fork out 1USD for the article without
thinking about it. That is not indicitive of the value of that article
itself, just my perceived value within the space of a $6USD magazine.
The problem arises though in that DDJ generally has a whole bunch of
articles using different languages centered around a single theme. Most
people would only be interested in a single article. If they
it reasonable for purchasing only what you wanted, they might start losing
money. Its much like getting 100 channels of cable vs. just the programs
you watch. Also remember that they get a lot of money from advertising.
You may also consider that in 6 months the magazine will be hard to get.
For something you really need, 5USD may then seem reasonable.
I don’t necessarily agree with it, although I do like the
magazine. I would
prefer a model like the IEEE where you pay for a digital subscription and
get every article ever written while you pay for it.
Recently I was shopping online, looking on bn.com for a particular book. I
found three versions: paperback, hardcover, and Adobe e-book. Both the
hardcover and the electronic version cost the same, USD $18.50. The
paperback was half that. I was stunned, and decided that, a year from now,
publishers will decry the failure of E-books to take off, and claim the
public just isn’t ready for them.
I’m curious, though, what people would consider a reasonable price for
electronic articles/books, and how the availability of the free, electronic
version of Andy & Dave’s book effected sales of the hardcopy version.