In response to reports that some Amazon customers are boycotting eBooks over $9.99, SF Signal asks readers how much they’d be willing to pay for an eBook. According to the American Association of Publishers, eBook sales represent only one-half of one percent of total book sales in the U.S., but surely that figure is going to rise quickly. So, as someone hoping to scratch together a living by my writing, this is a subject of interest to me.
A lot of people don’t understand why eBook prices are so high. After all, the publisher doesn’t have to print or warehouse anything. But publishing is not the same as printing and manufacturing. Publishers point out that the writer still has to be paid, as does the editor and the copyeditor and the typesetter and a number of other people responsible for transforming the document the writer delivers into the cohesive presentation of text we call a book, whether it’s printed on paper or displayed on a screen.
The mass market paperback of Norse Code lists for $7.99. The eBook edition lists for the exact same price. Do you think that’s fair? Is there additional content that could be packaged with an eBook that would make it worth as much as a paper book? What’s a fair price for an eBook?