Happy Tuesday! I am back after a nice vacation home to Idaho to visit my family! I have another thought provoking question for you all today, courtesy of Cambria Hebert the hostess of Tell Me Something Tuesday. If you want to join in head over to her blog!
This week's question:
What do you think Ebooks should be priced at? How much is too much and what is fair?
This has been a hot topic as of late with the recent settlement involving publishers hiking up prices after Apple entered into the ebook arena. I was infuriated when I started to see the prices slowly creeping up in 2009. I got my first Kindle in 2008 and was excited by Amazon's pitch that most titles would be $9.99 or less, and in the beginning that was the case. Then the prices on ebooks started hitting the $12.00 mark and over and even in some cases the ebook was pricing higher than the hardback/paperback copy, which in my mind is an out and out rip off since the ebook copies costs much less to produce. Now the prices are going back down, and once again I am enjoying seeing most of the popular titles back in the $9.99 and under range. Personally for me, when I read a great review on an ebook that is listed for $2.99 and under I snatch it up immediately and count myself lucky to get a good bargain. I especially love picking up books for $.99.
What do I think is fair? Well, of course I would say anything under $5.00 is reasonable, but as far as being fair, I can't speak to that since I personally don't know the publishing costs. I would guess with the bigger publishers a good, fair price would be anything under $10.00, preferably 7.00 and under. After the price hike and scam, I refuse to purchase any ebooks over $10.00. Honestly, I usually stick to books $7.00 and under with the majority of my purchases being $2.99 and under. Let's not forget about the freebies. Admittedly, some of the free books are not good, but every once in awhile you find the diamonds in the pile. Besides, the only thing you are out when downloading and reading a free title is time spent if the book is a lemon. All in all, I love ebooks and these days the majority of my books are in ebook format because I love the convenience and ease of them. It is so much easier to store five hundred books on my Kindle rather than having them stacked around the house, also makes for lighter traveling as well. So what do you all think about ebooks and pricing?