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 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.