I was on a conference call recently talking about piracy with Joe Karaganis, Brian OLeary and Ruediger Wischenbart. At one point someone mentioned that piracy can be avoided when content is made available at a reasonable price and in all convenient formats. That begs the question: Whats a reasonable price?
I asked the group if they felt $9.99 is the answer. All three of them said thats too high. Maybe were too focused on the 99-cent phenomenon and, of course, its hard to state a reasonable price when talking generally about all types of books (e.g., trade, technical, etc.) Nevertheless, its disturbing to think that the future of ebooks features a race to zero on pricing.
As long as publishers are offering nothing more than quick-and-dirty p-to-e conversions we cant really expect consumers to pay more, especially since the e-version loses functionality (e.g, lending restrictions, cant resell). I mentioned when richer products arrive and they leverage the device capabilities they wont have to be as cheap as the quick-and-dirty conversions. Joe and Brian werent very optimistic about that. Brian pointed out that $9.99 has become such a standard in consumers heads that it will be hard to break that price point.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Guardian Angel Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
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The training exercise includes a terrorist takeover of a 737 airplane. The simulation tests the team's skill in a highjacking situation. It also includes detonating an explosive device by bomb squad members.