Steampunk Erotica by Ora Le Brocq
This book seems to have an interesting story and I quite like the cover. However, there isn't a chance in the world that I will pay $6 for an ebook. I'd pay that price for a paperback happily, but not for a data file that I can't even put on my bedside table. Considering this is an average price for a print paperback and how much cheaper the production of a data file (none exactly) is, this is nothing more than a rip-off. Sorry.
What happened here? The first book in the series, Iron Dominance, is available as Paperback and I am currently reading this with great pleasure. The sequel is available in print too, but not this third installment which is only to be had for Kindle. As it only has been releasead a couple of months ago there might still be a chance for a print edition, so hope is not completely lost for this one. Because as with the first example, I will never pay £5 for an ebook. That's a price for something you can touch, smell and get wet in the bath.
3. Clockworks and Corsets by Regina Riley
This one I might actually buy as ebook in the end. It's not too awfully priced at £1.35 although I can't really figure out how long it is and having recently been disappointed by a similarly priced short story I got as ebook, I am having my doubts. But I realise that novellas are a problem when it comes to print, they do not really fit the format and it's hard to get the economy right when doing a print edition. Sometimes the best way is to throw it together with another novella and do a mini-anthology.
4. Viridis by Calista Taylor
This is an easy one. I read this book as ebook where it was free. If it had existed, I would have bought the paperback just from the description. In the end it turned out to be a nice book even though perhaps not the best I've ever read, but nonetheless, this one is a clearly lost opportunity for the author to get some of my money. There is at least one sequel to this book that does not exist in print either and isn't too badly priced as ebook, although at $3 not low enough for me to immediately buy it. I'd rather pay a little more to get this one in print.
5. 1901 - A Steam Odyssey by Lionel Bramble
This is one of several publications by Circlet Press, a publisher specialising in, as they put it themselves, "The intersection of Erotica and Science Fiction, Fantasy and Futurism". This is even made worse by the fact that Circlet does do print editions, just not of the books I want to buy. But £4.50 is too much for something I can't touch. Another lost business opportunity here. Sadly.