Too much focus on “the number” here.
$4.99, $15.99, heck $99.99 … so what? The market of readers won’t buy something they do not value in e-format. The traditional publishing companies, if they don’t realize that, and are too hung up on the “price” … will suffer a greater loss as competition “prices” them out of the market.
But this price argument turns these books into commodities if that’s the…
I’m going on record stating I think the medical insurance system in our country (United States) is an outright scam.
Any system that…
- Forces people to pay into it.
- Forces people to take unnecessary steps BEFORE getting the actual treatment (in some cases, other treatments that aren’t necessary).
- Plays “doctor” without seeing the actual patient.
- Fines people for NOT paying into it.
- Doesn’t approve the claims being paid for with premiums.
- Has premiums that are way too expensive for value exchanged.
- Sometimes doesn’t allow necessary treatment to be paid for (by the insurance itself) until totally unnecessary steps are taken.
- Is incentivized to make it difficult to approve (formerly not approving) claims in the name of profits over people.
- That is part of a medical system, not a banking system, and should be forced to be treated as such.
- Lobbies to keep things at the status quo.
- Has an administration that supports said system.
- And on … and on…
It’s a scam. An outright scam that on the surface, gives the impression that it provides value, but deep down makes life a living hell for people in this country.
a dishonest scheme; a fraud.
"an insurance scam” (italics mine)
synonyms: fraud, swindle, fraudulent scheme, racket, trick; More
verb: scam; 3rd person present: scams; past tense: scammed; past participle: scammed; gerund or present participle: scamming
"a guy that scams the elderly out of their savings"
synonyms: swindle, cheat, deceive, trick, dupe, hoodwink, double-cross, gull; More
Does any of the above definition from here sound familiar as it applies to the medical insurance system (companies, etc…) in the United States?
- That funny sign or moment that you and your family talk about for hours in one day.
- Looking up in the sky and wondering “How small am I?”
- Getting lost while driving somewhere, and finding something even more exciting.
- The look on your kid’s face when they realize your wisdom helped them “connect the dots.”
- The first cup of coffee in the morning, on the back deck, on a crisp Fall morning…
Life is enormous.
There are trillions of stars, 644 million websites on the Internet, 350 million (or so) people in the United States, 6 (or so) million people in my home State of Washington … and on, and on…
That’s just some numbers.
Have you ever thought about the enormity of your own life? You come from billions of years of evolution, and LIVE 80 or so years on this pale blue dot. We can…
Although it doesn’t matter much, I’m publishing this prediction about the future of publishing here…
MY PREDICTION: Within the next 20 years, Amazon will not have the strong hold on the retailing of books, because authors will each become their own, best distribution channel(s) for their books.
Publishing overall will decentralize.
Digital won’t be the only format, print will still exist, but…