The gamble of ebook returns: are returns bad?

Hello everyone!

Something’s been on my mind lately and in order to get a better understanding of the situation I thought I’d ask you e-reader users for your thoughts. So in this post I’m going to discuss ebook returns.

Now I have perhaps a slightly different perspective on the situation as a self-published author. That’s why I really want to hear from others whether your an author or a reader. Have you ever returned an ebook and why? Was there terrible formatting issues that made you barely able to read the book or did you just not like the book? Or what other reasons do you have?

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I’m going to really head this discussion off by first stating how I regard book returns. Simply put, I’ve never returned a book. Ever. There have been many ebooks I’ve bought that I thought I’d like but I ended up hating. Many of these are DNF (did not finish) books. Some of these DNF novels are traditionally published by well-known authors and some are self-published by both big and small known authors. It’s always really disappointing to find a book blurb you like and buy the book. If you’re like me then you even read the sample of the book first to see if you like the style of writing. So, it’s always crushing when you’re partway through and for some reason or another you can’t finish this darn book. But I’ve never returned a book.

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I think I’m still set in the ways of buying paperback books. To me buying paperbacks is always such a gamble, the same can be said for ebooks, except I don’t get as mad because ebooks prices are usually priced lower. If I get DNF book and paid $3.99 compared to $7.99 plus tax, then I’m not as mad about it. If you all remember from the days of buying book in bookstores, you might recall that they have a strict no return policy. For one, they can’t accept books back because otherwise they’d become libraries with people reading scores of the latest, hottest titles for nothing. Maybe it’s because I’m still used to buying my books in paperback, and still do on occasion, that when I get a bad book on my ereader, I don’t even think to return it. At all.

After all, part of buying a new book is the gamble of choosing. That’s why we all juggle around the cover, the blurb, the first page we read in the store or in the online sample. We want to carefully place our money on a solid bet. Sometimes it’s a dud and that’s frustrating as hell. But, it also gives us fodder for snarky reviews to tell your friends and family.

So I don’t return books. Never even thought to do it.

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But as a self-published author and someone who reads a lot in the self-published forums as well, I see talk about ebook returns. Now, I’m not going to bother trying to speak for anyone else because I don’t have the right. So all of these thoughts are my own. A trend I’ve noticed as an author published on Amazon, where ebook returns are allowed, is that people seem to buy my books, read them, and then return them. You can track the number of returns throughout each of my series and in my standalone titles. I consistently see the same number of people buy and return each of the books in my series month after month. They must be enjoying them, is my first thought, because they read all of them. They also don’t want to pay for the books which I think is wrong. I have created a book (and have several free novels to offer), I have priced it at a very low price point, and if you are enjoying the books then aren’t they worth the $3 for that novel that would cost you $7.99 to buy from a big publisher?

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Of course I think so. Of course I think my books and other authors like me deserve to have their books paid for if an individual likes the book. I also happen to think, and this may be where it gets sketchy for some, that even if you didn’t enjoy the book you shouldn’t return it. To me it seems like it’s cheating a system. At least in my case, I have free stories for the beginning of each of my series, so you can try the story to see if it suits you or not at zero cost. So if you do like it and decide to read the rest of the books, and you like the next and the next and the next, don’t I deserve to earn my royalty off that book? If you were buying my book of a shelf at a Borders (how I miss Borders and their Seattle’s Best coffee!) then you wouldn’t have that same privilege.

I pose the question to you readers: Why is it okay to return an ebook? Have you ever done it and why or why not? Is it okay to only return expensive ebooks or just the cheap ones? Have you ever returned an ebook you liked? 

Now to be completely fair I want to state that the number of returns to the number of sales is very small (based off my personal experience). So it’s a small number of people who do this. But I do see it consistently in readers buying each of the books in my series and returning them. I also hear about this trend in the forums I mentioned with other authors.

Is this fair? Is this ethical? Does it matter?

I don’t know and a part of me understands this isn’t a big deal, but the other part wants to understand when is it okay to return an ebook and why. Please, share your opinions and let me know what you think! 🙂

T. A. Grey

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The Tortured Hero

This post was orignially created for the Tortured Hero Blog Hop hosted by Carrie Ann Ryan but had to be canceled. So I am posting this on my own for fun! Leave a comment and tell me what you think about tortured heroes.

The tortured hero.

bigstock-naked-beautiful-man-standing-b-35595386They draw us in with their gut-wrenching pasts and their painful presents. We yearn to see them find happiness for they are deserving of love too. We love their stories, no matter how painful or bittersweet it is to read because these men (or women) have lived a harder life than some. It’s because of that life that they’re harder than other men, different.

Angel from the Buffy the Vampire television show is always a great example of a tortured hero. He struggles with who he is and what it means–typical vampire stuff. What really sets him apart, I think, is his love for Buffy. They yearn to be together but never can because it will turn him into his demon side–Angelus.

It’s certainly not uncommon to find tortured heroes in novels.

From my own work, Alrik in The Fallen King is definitely a tortured hero. He’s been cursed with rage and has pushed his loved ones away, hurt those he’s loved, and taken his rage out on the innocent. And this has gone on for a long, long time. In Ties That Bind (The Bellum Sisters #3) we see Alrik in all his villainous (and sometimes erotic) ways, but in The Fallen King we get to see all of his layers. We see the why and how as we watch someone who finds redemption, whether he wants it or not.

Who are some of your favorite tortured heroes? The movies, TV, or books share some of your favorites.

Happy reading!

T. A. Grey

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Day #3 – TAKE ME Blog Tour

It is Day 3 in the Take Me Blog Tour and it’s a double header because today TAKE ME is featured at Proserpine Craving and Close Encounters of the Night Kind. Stop by to read about my favorite vampires, check out some more hot excerpts and pretty fabulous reviews. Did I mention I am doing a tour-wide giveaway. First place winner wins a $50 Amazon or BN gift card. Your choice!

Visit Close Encounters of the Night Kind and Proserpine Craving to learn more about this paranormal erotic romance novel. What are they saying about the book? 

Proserpine Craving says:

I couldn’t put the book down and I was thrown into a storming new adventure filled with sexy alpha males and crazy kick-ass chicks!

 Close Encounters of the Night Kind says:

AHH!!  What a tangled web we weave!!  I’ve enjoyed another one of T.A.’s fabulous books.  This girl knows how to write a flawed alpha male who steals your heart every time!!  Dom and Felicity are truly opposite and met under the worst of circumstances, considering Dom is promised to another.  But yet the sparks fly!!  Neither one can resist each other and lies start piling up.  Is there a chance for true love to win?
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And, catch up on Day #1 – RBTL Reviews 
and Day #2 – My Reading Obsession
I hope to see you there!

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Happy reading!

T. A. Grey

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Take Me (The Untouchables #1)
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UPCOMING RELEASE

The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellen Alphas #1)
Coming June 14th, 2013. Learn more.

 

Day #2 – TAKE ME Blog Tour

Hey, ladies and gents!

Yesterday began the start of the TAKE ME Blog tour. We got to see a sexy (hawt!) excerpt from the vampire paranormal romance novel, a great review of the book, and enter the giveaway to win a $50 Amazon or BN gift card with even more prizes.

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Well today, TAKE ME is over at My Reading Obsession with a new excerpt, a new review, and you can still enter the giveaway. Even if you’ve already entered, you can retweet and share the giveaway each day to gain more points towards winning! I hope you stop by and check it out!

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Happy reading!

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Take Me (The Untouchables #1)
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The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellen Alphas #1)
Coming June 14th, 2013. Learn more.

The Take Me Blog Tour is Here!

The TAKE ME Blog Tour has finally kicked off. On this tour you will find some reviews from my latest paranormal erotic romance novel plus some interviews, fun guest posts, and a giveaway! What kind of giveaway? First place wins a $50 gift card to either Amazon or BN.

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If you’ve already read and devoured TAKE ME then continue on and check out the link. If you haven’t read TAKE ME then now is your chance to read about the nearly insufferable, dominating and sexy as sin Dominic Blackmoore.

Ladies, meet Dominic Blackmoore.

Ladies, meet Dominic Blackmoore.

Follow the link to read more!

http://www.rbtlreviews.com/2013/04/blog-tour-kick-off-giveaway-review-take.html

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Rock on!

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Take Me (The Untouchables #1)
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UPCOMING RELEASE
The Loneliest Alpha (The MacKellen Alphas #1)
Coming June 14th, 2013. Learn more.

Vote for me in the Indie Romance Convention!

Hey everyone! I’m very excited today because I have been nominated in two categories at the Indie Romance Convention Readers Choice Awards.

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Vote for me!

I have been nominated in the Best “Friend to Readers” category and “Best Indie Cover“. If you have some time, I hope you stop by and cast your vote. There are also many other really great categories with some fantabulous others. So stop by and cast your votes.

If you’d like to vote for me here are the links:

To vote for Best “Friend to Readers” – http://indieromanceconvention.blogspot.com/2013/04/best-friends-to-readers.html?m=1

To vote for “Best Indie Cover” – http://indieromanceconvention.blogspot.com/2013/04/best-indie-book-cover.html?m=1

Thank you so much!

Happy voting!

-T. A. Grey

Monday Bums Day #7

Hello ladies and gents.It’s time to look at a nice butt! I haven’t done a Monday Bums Day in a while partly because I forgot to and partly because…well, I forget. But, I figured after tweeting about how the common keywords that bring people to my website are “sexy mens butts” I decided to do another one! Yay, for well-formed bottoms!

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A sexy man’s butt.

Not only does this man have a spank-worthy ass but, overall, I’d give his body a 10. 😉 I mean I’m not a fitness model judge or anything but when I can see muscles in his back that I’ve never seen before then he must be doing something right. 

I hope this picture has perked your Monday morning up!

-T. A. Grey

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