RE: Sold for less than 'price of a cup of tea' - eBooks devalued?
(04 Aug 2012 02:02 PM)davidwailing Wrote: This is always a popular topic! Like all authors, I think my work is worth more purely because of the time, effort and money I put into it. But it's the value that readers place upon it that matters, and this is influenced by lots of things, including the average cost of ebooks generally.
If an average ebook is £1.99 for example, and I cost mine at £6.99 because I worked like a dog on it for years, should I be surprised when it doesn't sell? No, sadly I have to play ball and cost more realistically. That's the market - nobody is bigger than the market.
As Lou says, there is no quality control with ebooks, so readers are taking much more of a gamble when they buy one, especially if the author is relatively unknown. With a cup of tea, you know what you're getting - it's a safe bet. With an unknown author, there are no guarantees. That's why free ebooks are so popular!
Also, remember that cost is just one factor. Readers will also consider the amount of positive reviews a book has, how much the author has produced, whether the book has been recommended by someone they know, if it's similar to what they usually read, the cover, the title, how many vowels in an author's name, whether the wind is blowing from the south, if there are any biscuits left...
Since getting the Kindle i have had loads of freebies and then gone on to buy books from some of you KUF authors, and I have to say that I probably wouldnt have if I hadnt had a freebie first.
Turning to mainstream authors (for lack of a better phrase) - say the average cost of a paperback is £6 - no way on earth could I afford to buy books at that level - I'm a mother with two growing sons and their needs have to come first - I get mainstream authors from the charity book sales, the bargain book shops, car boot sales etc. Accordingly there is no way I would pay £6 for an ebook. The mainstream authors whose ebooks I have, have been daily deal, sale items or 20p downloads.
It is nothing to do with not wanting to give authors their fair dues - it is purely economic - I read on average 3 books a week, and have to budget for them, like most people. Incidentally, we have a fairly decent income - there are a lot of people worse off than us, so I think I am probably summing it up for a lot of people when I say I like to read, but cost is a factor unfortunately.