Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bust question

The new issue of Bust Down the Door is ready for the printer. I just need a log-in for their site, unless I can remember the one that I used last time.

I'm thinking about releasing an e-book version of the issue. I'm not sure about the idea. I think I would like to charge one dollar for it. I would do this because I'm afraid that people will not buy the print issue if they can read it for free on the internet. But I'm afraid that a lot of people will buy the online issue and I will not be able to recoup the cost of the print issue.

What do you think? Will people still buy the print version?

I would like the issue to be read as much as possible, but I want to break even.

Plus I will need to put spaces between the paragraphs for easy web reading. That will be annoying. I wonder if there is a way to do it with a few button clicks. It would make a lot of sense. I hate formatting web submissions and vice versa when something was written for the web.

I was very tired this morning. I went to the library to return a couple of books. I accidentally put them in a mailbox that was next to the library instead of the book return container. My friend shouted at me, but I am not a good listener. Neither a librarian nor a postal clerk could help me out. I hope the mailman who opens the mailbox walks the five extra feet to return my books. If they are not returned, I hope I do not have to pay a king's ransom. They are old books, so that might be a good thing or a bad thing. Samuel Beckett's End Game and a poetry book by Richard Brautigan called June 30th, June 30th. The poetry book is out of print.

Once I left a book on the bus and it was returned. That was nice.

I really like the goodreads website. It's nice to be able to remember what books I read. I only list books that I have completed because I tend to give up on books prematurely and this embarrasses me. I do this less when I pay money for a book rather than take out from a library.


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jereme said...


i think you are correct in assuming people will not buy the print if there is an online version available.

perhaps you should do an online version with a few stories to promote the print journal?

i dunno, i am not a business minded guy.

Bradley Sands said...

Yeah, I usually put up excerpts for a few stories.

Mike Young said...

Jah, post excerpts. Or brazenly charge the same amount for the online journal. People will be like "That's rude. Wait. I really like sitting here. At my computer. Oh shit, I guess I'll buy it."

Though no, I'm not an economics guy. I just get invited to lay facedown on tables in the West Wing and weep.

sam pink said...

send me my copy now sands or you're toast on the playground tomorrow.

Bradley Sands said...

I need to fill out forms and send them to the printer, but I'm out of paper. I will buy it in the morning. More delays.

I will send everyone a copy except for you, Sam. You will be driven mad throughout the years because you will never see a print copy of anything that you have written. You will start to believe they do not exist. That there is a vast conspiracy against you. That you do not exist.

There IS a vast conspiracy against you. You do not exist.

I am writing a review of your chapbook for Noo Journal. I hold your life in my hands. Send cash.

Bradley Sands said...

Have you seen a copy of No Colony yet?

No? I didn't think so. And if you have, it was a delusion.

The Internet only exists in your mind.

Jason Jordan said...

I stick to print when I'm buying books, but I might be in the minority these days. In fact, I don't have a webcam, digital camera, or mp3 player either. :|

But yes, I will buy the eighth issue of Bust. Its cover is great.