Book Pricing – How high will you go?

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen! Today’s topic is about book pricing, or more specifically a bit of a pissy rant about said pricing.

There was a book I had been looking forward to for a year that FINALLY came out yesterday (felt like it took forever). It had been on my TBR pile since the moment I heard about it, simply because well..it sounded fantastic. And then I saw the price. $9.99 for the e-book. Not the paperback, the E-BOOK!

I’m all for supporting our friends and fellow authors, don’t get me wrong, and I know this individual has no control over the pricing of her book. But the pricing of the book is beyond what I am willing to pay and that sickens me, after so long anticipating it. I fondly remember the days of a paperback being $4.99 or so and now generally, paperbacks (even at Walmart) run from $6.99 – $7.99. And for me, that’s my cut-off point.

I don’t mind (most of the time) paying the same price for an e-book that I would a physical book because the same effort went into producing it, as far as the author goes. But as of right now, I’m not willing to pay $10 for a paperback, let alone an e-book. I’m not in favor of constantly lowering the price, as so many do in this new era of self-publishing and offering books for $.99, though I can see the attraction in drawing in new readers that way. But I think prices can (and do occasionally) swing too far the other way as well.

This saddens me greatly because I’m sure I’ll miss out on some great books that way, but everyone has a point they won’t cross, and $10 for a paperback or e-book is, apparently, mine. I can’t even go to the library to get it currently (though I may ask the local system to buy the hard-copy of it, since they don’t carry it at the moment) as an e-book because, like so many publishers, this publisher doesn’t offer its works through the Overdrive system.

No, I can’t give the title/author of this book. I asked the author and they indicated a preference that I not do so and understand their reasons for it. Nor will I list the publisher because, frankly, I’m not into career suicide and I’d still like to be published in the traditional field some day.

So, I throw the question out to you, readers: do you have a breaking point for how much you’re willing to pay for a paperback/e-book book? If so, what is it?

Thanks for sitting through my rant today. Please come back tomorrow when I will be pleased to have a guest blogger, Adonis Devereux, talking about a new release, Bride for the God-King, from Evernight Publishing.

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6 Comments

  1. When you realise that I used to buy paperbacks here anywhere between $17-25, prices when getting the books directly from the US/UK sellers is not really that much for me.Still, money is earned the hard way, and I've grown picky now that I mostly buy ebooks. I don't have the same 'freedom' with an ebook as a paperback – I have to read it on my laptop (until I can get an ereader), and I'm not lugging my laptop everywhere, like I would a paperback. So that's a reason why I expect my ebooks to be cheaper. Up to $5, I won't blink before I hit the 'Add to Cart' button. But more than that, I'll think twice, and most of the time, will not be getting the book.

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  2. I have noticed the pricing for traditional publishers are higher then the smaller presses. I will, and have in the past, pay $9.99 for a Kindle version of my favorite big name authors. And that's only when the other option is a hardback for $17-$25.

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  3. Here in Canada we pay over 10 dollars for a romance novel–paper book. I had to stop buying as many books because of the price. I was thrilled when I got my kindle and realized the usual price for an E-book wass cheaper. So I have to say, I will not pay 10 bucks for a book–paper or E.

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  4. Most of the time I try to stay under $6 for an ebook. Even that's pricey, and if it's at that price I will think long and hard, but occasionally I get it. Books at $7-8 in price for ebook, I have bought a RARE few. As for paperbacks, I'll pay the $7.99 if I want it bad enough, but always try to spend less I can use a coupon, get it in ebook, or get it at a discount store. The prices on many books, print and electronic, have gotten ridiculous…..But then again, so is the price of gas, and other things. Tis the world we live in now, prices go higher and higher until the fun things start getting less and less so we can at least afford the things we NEED.

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