For the past four to five years, I’ve read nothing but Ebooks. Some 500+ ebooks have graced my Kindle Paperwhite in that time. Many of these digital books I receive from the publishers via NetGalley or Edelweiss, but I also buy a LOT of books.
February is my birthday month. I’m hoping that at least one of my gifts is an Amazon gift card. As I perused my Amazon ‘Wishlist’ this morning (as you do), I wondered once again, what makes some of these Ebooks SO expensive, while others are dirt cheap?
Ebook pricing has always been an enigma to me. I want the author to reap the benefits of their work. No one appreciates authors more than avid readers like myself. However, how can something that is essentially just a digital file cost almost as much as a hardback book in some instances? Do the authors receive the same amount from the sale of a hardback book, a paperback book, and an Ebook?
Some examples culled from Amazon.ca only this morning:I read this book and it was a top quality read. My review is here. Why SO inexpensive? Who decides to cut the price of a book? The author? The publisher? Amazon?Some Ebooks are FREE! Are they loss leaders? How do the author’s feel about it when their hard work is given away?
How much do you think is a fair price for an Ebook?
Do you only buy Ebooks when they are reduced in price?
What is the MOST you would pay for an Ebook?