$3.99 Kindle: Do These Pants Make My Ass Look Fat?

I just dropped the price on the Pants Book to $3.99 on Kindle and Amazon has the price on the print version currently at $11.69.

It’s kind of ironic to me that that I much prefer reading the Pants Book myself over the Primer. I totally get why the Primer is more popular, but…. well I personally like this one better. It’s really funny to read the old material again when you’ve halfway forgotten it.

Also in a move of brazen profit seeking…

…all the posts that went into the making of the Pants Book have been cut off at around the 100 word mark and have a link ad to the Amazon page. 101 posts, $3.99 makes it about 4 cents a post. That’s 101 of the best posts I’ve done in the first half of the blog. I’m really proud of the book. So if you want to read them… you gotta buy the book. I know, that’s so evil removing free content and asking for money. If you cry, know that your tears nourish me.

Anyway… the ad is below. Seriously though. I love this book.

Oh! And I forgot… I make about as much money from the book as you buying it on Kindle, as you do if you LEND it to people on Kindle. I’m serious. It’s pretty good.

 

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Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Let me preface, your content is your content. I’m not a writer nor a small business owner.

    On the other hand, as a loyal reader and purchaser of your stuff, I gotta say that I don’t think this is a good move.

    Firstly, any blog doesn’t read well if you read all the posts in one big rush, and it shouldn’t. It wasn’t written that way. When I first found your blog, I went and read everything you’d ever written. I then bought the book. I bought the book for many reasons. One was because I could read all the blog posts but it didn’t mesh. The book flows better. It’s a much better guide. You’re adding value to your book by organizing it into coherent content.

    Secondly, taking back something you’ve already given for free is bad form. You’re not adding any value by restricting your posts. You’re only taking away. This just feels greedy.

    Thirdly, It’s not embracing the Internet as it’s most optimally/efficiently designed. In fact, I found your post because all of your blog posts were free. Techdirt did a post on your business model, “Give the blog away for free and then charge for the book.” If not for Techdirt highlighting the genius of your business model, I would have never have found this.

  2. Athol Kay says:

    Obviously I changed the business model because it wasn’t working with this book. The Pants Book and the Primer are different beasts.

    There are still over 900 other free posts to read and a free forum and three years of email 2-4 hours a day that I answered for free.

    I tried the Techdirt thing and *very* quickly dropped it as sales dropped like crazy.

  3. greenlander says:

    Well, your pitch worked. I just bought it off Amazon.

  4. Wendy says:

    Yeah, I do like the pants book. You and Jen have such a great story.

    I own two kindle versions of the Primer (one mine and one in hubby’s phone) plus the hardcopy of the pants book. But I’ll be happy to get the kindle version just in case my kids take markers to the hardcopy or something….

  5. Wendy says:

    Also, I totally think you should be selling t-shirts in the forum. People have posted some fun tag lines.

  6. Rob says:

    Think there’s an editing problem n this post:

    “Also in a move of brazen profit seeking…

    …all the posts that went into the making of the Pants Book have been cut off at around the 100 word mark and have a link ad to the Amazon page. 101 posts, $3.99 makes it about 4 cents a post. That’s 101 of the best posts I’ve done in the first half of the blog. I’m really proud of the book.

    Also because I’m trying to make money off the writing, all the blog posts that made it into the book, have been cut off at about the 100 word mark. So if you want to read them… you gotta buy the book. I know, that’s so evil removing free content and asking for money. If you cry, know that your tears nourish me.”

    Did you intend to announce the 100 word mark cutoff twice?

    No I didn’t. Thanks. I lost connection halfway through writing and lost a paragraph… and now it came back. So… weird.

  7. enlightened1 says:

    My son is a top student in a tough prep school. He studies his butt off; works harder than anyone else and puts in the hours. People know he’s smart, they pay attention and he’s willing to help others in fact a lot of the time his teachers require him to do so. You could say he is “aggressive” academically. If you’re competing with him in class on most any subject you’re gonna loose. He is confident and he tells people what he intends to do and does it…ACTION! He’s playing baseball this year. He is a good athlete and better than most on the varsity team but he is playing J.V. He spent a lot of time thinking about this and just couldn’t figure out ‘why’ the coaches have him on the J.V. He thinks he’s figured it out: he says his attitude was he didn’t really care when he went out to play; he just wanted to have fun. But inside he really did care. He never self promoted or gave instructions to the other players. Even though his stats are good and when he pitches they win, he is not getting promoted. They’re not taking him seriously. What he has that’s valuable wasn’t really valued. He’s decided to change his “business plan” and play the game like he plays academics. All in; promote himself aggressively. In other words: sell!
    In case I’ve lost someone and you think I’ve wondered onto the wrong blog; this is a relevant metaphor and if you don’t get it go back downstairs and turn on your t.v.
    Oh, and I bought my son Athol’s book last year. He loved it. Now I’m going to buy the ‘pants’ one. I would hate to lose those complete posts!

  8. Thaedron says:

    Wow, I had no idea that there was a revenue stream associated with kindle book lending.

    They have a “prize pool” each month and each lending of the book gets you a share of the pool. Then the pool is divided between the shares. So the amount varies from month to month, but it’s *about* $2 a lend.

  9. Shadow_Nirvana says:

    This makes me a sad panda as I got wind of this blog a bit late and I can’t buy the Pants book because damn Amazon doesn’t sell many ebooks to my country. I knew I should have been faster and read all posts in time :p

  10. neen says:

    Good deal!

  11. Joanna says:

    @Shadow_Nirvana: you can try going to the US Amazon site and buying the e-book there. I’m not in the US, either, but I can still download e-books from the American site even when they aren’t available on the german site.

  12. RedPillWifey says:

    @Shadow_Nirvana Get the hard copy! :)

  13. Social Tags says:

    Any chance you can make this available on the ITunes bookstore?

    I’m hoping to work on that soon.

  14. AyersRoq says:

    @ Athol,
    Where do you get paid best? When i buy the book in kindle/ e-format or a hard copy?

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