This is a topic that I have discussed with quite a few of my blogger friends on facebook, especially when a really interesting book comes out but the price tag is above a certain number. What that number is depends on the person. For some it’s $5, for others it’s that ever popular $2.99 price tag. Which to me is just right. I admit I am one of those people who will rarely spend over $5 on an ebook. A paperback is a completely different story.
I have no idea what goes into factoring a price on an ebook. None of my books have come that far. But there has to be a line. I know indie authors probably struggle with this more so than the big publishing houses. They don’t seem to hesitate putting a $10 price on an ebook.
But here’s the thing, if you put that high of a price on an ebook I will judge the book by the price. And this only happens with ebooks. I never pick up a paperback and think to myself, man this book had better be worth this $10. Why? Because I am buying the paperback outright. It’s mine, I can hold it in my hands. I can even cut myself on the pages. The book, well it’s not as tangible. If you’re book is good, but just as good as a book I just read that was only .99cents, yeah my cheap ass is going to think, “was it really worth all that money?”
Why? Because like most readers I’m on a budget. And yes I, like most bloggers I know, buy my books. I know a lot of people in my personal life think that because I am a blogger I get the books from the authors for free. That’s simply not the case, at least not for me.