I wrote a post about this topic last year and thought it was worth revisiting as the problem only seems to have gotten worse.
For the past five to six years, I’ve read nothing but Ebooks. Some 600+ 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 Ebooks are very expensive – given that they are only a digital file (no production costs, no delivery fees, etc.) Here are some costly examples that are lingering on my Amazon wishlist because I feel they are just TOO EXPENSIVE!
To make this clearer to my American and United Kingdom friends that would be a total cost of $139.45 U.S. dollars or £103.02 pounds sterling (as per today’s exchange rates)
Average price being $19.92 US dollars and/or £14.72 pounds per book.
What is the MOST you would pay for an Ebook?
What is your theory as to why some Ebooks are available for .99¢ whilst others go for $29.99?