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Five star writing, one star publishing rip off!
on 5 October 2013
Veronica Roth can write! Really well. Of that there is absolutely no question. And I do not mind paying good money for her work, in the normal course of events. But I was suckered into buying this when I preordered the set of four novellas about the character Four from her Divergent series. At the time it was priced the same as each of those four novellas at £1.99 and I believed I was buying new, previously unavailable material. More fool me...
That clearly was not the case as the "FREE FOUR" story was something the author had previously made available as extra material for free (clue's in the title) and the rest of the 43 pages consisted of the previously published (and bought and read by me) opening chapters of books 1 and 2 (DIVERGENT & INSURGENT).
I note that the price has now reduced to 49p, which is still a bit steep for material I've already bought and read. But I'll swallow my dissatisfaction and accept that price so can I have a £1.50 refund please?
I expect the publishers and Amazon will not care at all about my comments, or those of others here, and if they do they will simply respond with some variation of the "caveat emptor" argument. But I remain very cross about this deliberately misleading and cynical marketing ploy, which I'm quite sure will have had a disproportionate financial effect on the usual teenage book buyers in the young adult target market.
Shame on all involved in this shabby affair!