- Oct 10, 2008
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Browsing the Kindle Boards it's real easy to see how some people could really benefit from the marketing, editing, formatting, cover art-ing...etc., help of...well, almost anything. (My browsing of the Kindle boards was not a pleasant experience.)
The value based on price heavily depends on the people involved.
If Penguin was offering editorial services, that would be serious value brought to the table. They're not.
It's unfortunate that you had a bad experience with the Kindle Boards but if you went there right now and started a thread that said, "Help me with formatting and uploading" I'd wager within minutes you'd have all the guidance you'd need to take a shot on your own along with several offers to do all the things Book Country is offering for a fraction of the cost. And if anyone dared to try and grab a piece of your royalties on top of a flat fee, the community there would swarm and ensure you didnt sign on for such a crummy offer.
As far as your last statement, the value depends on the people involved, unscores exactly why what is being offered here by Book Country is predatory and borders on unethical. They are banking on people believing that Penguin is somehow of higher quality when the formatting done by any one of a dozen people soliciting services on the Kindle Boards will produce a product every bit as professional.