|When purchasing reviews, always use protection.|
But I don’t want to beat this dead horse any longer. Rather, I’d like to take a closer look at the new digital marketplace as it pertains to my livelihood, books and music. In both cases, the consumer can sample enough of the product to know if they want it or not. On iTunes and Amazon, you can preview a song. On Amazon, you can read the first 10-15% of an eBook. If after looking at the cover, reading the description, and reading the beginning of the book I’m not interested, I don’t buy the book. If the song doesn’t grab my attention in the first 30 seconds the remaining three and a half probably won’t either. You are not afforded this opportunity if purchasing a blender online. You can’t “sample” a new HD television before ordering it from Amazon. But for things like music and books, why wouldn’t you?
And now, back to your regularly scheduled witch hunt.
SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION ALERT!
On September 12th I’m releasing a new dark fantasy called Portal Arcane I – Reversion. It’s my favorite work so far. On October 12th, Raising Zombies – Family Life in the Modern Age will be available. If you like my smartass, sarcastic blog, you’ll love this collection of humorous essays and pranks gone horribly wrong. Is it shameless if I warn you in all caps first?