Wednesday, March 18, 2009

99 Cents A Month? It's A Steal

Even though I own a bookstore, I spend far too much money each month on books. My wife and I are print addicts. We love reading. I've even gone so far as to purchase a Kindle from Amazon, which permits me to get eletronic versions of books on line.

Kindle also sells blogs. You purchase monthly access to them. I checked through the list of blogs offered last night and saw my alma mater, Crime and Federalism, on the list. For 99 cents a month, I can have it downloaded to my Kindle.

I am somewhat puzzled by this. Why would I purchase what I can get for free? I am able to download items on the Internet to my cell phone for free. Hence, should I ever need a quick jolt of opinion for free, all I need to do is whip out my phone.

It is not apparent to me that Mike, the author of Crime and Federalism, even knows that his cite is being offered for sale. Does he get a cut? Nine ninety cents a months is a steal. I suppose the question is, who is getting robbed?