Thursday, May 26, 2011

The 9 99 Boycott

A thorough report showed up on PCWorld today about innovation and consumer outrage. The well-researched piece included this tidbit:

"So far, 5892 Amazon users have tagged electronic Kindle books 36,704 times with the 9 99 boycott tag."

I've commented on this topic before in Jim Butcher's Ghosts 1 and 2, but if you are interested in understanding why publishers are settling on such high ebook prices, the PCWorld article is a good resource.

What do you think about ebook pricing? Where do you draw the line?


Update #1 (3/06/2011): Amazon has removed the tag feature from their Kindle titles. Coincidence?


Anonymous said...

Well, I have to say that for some authors I see no line. As for the Butcher 5 to 1 reading experience thing, a Butcher is worth a LOT of other books. My latest calculation gave 197, so it's in that ballpark. This said, some books on amazon are worth 2-3$! This means that if I do not know two authors, and one's books are at 15$ while the other's come free, there isn't much of a question as to who I am trying out. For an author I am not sure about, I would say 5.75$ is my limit... lucky me, else I would never have read Zero Sight ^^

B. Justin Shier said...

Yea, you're right. I'd probably spend quite a bit more to get a hold of a Butcher book. Then again, I'm horribly addicted.

I think most indie authors would agree with your $5.75 cap. New authors are asking you to take a risk. They can't expect to charge New York rates for their books. Few newbies are brave enough to price their first novel any higher, and most anecdotal reports I have read indicate that the sweet spot is somewhere around $3.99. (Price any higher, and your readership starts to drop off.) I'll be blogging on that topic in the near future.


Z. D. Robinson said...

I think the $5.75 cap is agreeable as well. The Star Wars novels recently hit. I was so excited to snatch a few (or all) of them. Until I saw that most were going for $14.99 as e-books! That's only $2 less than the paperback.

And they wonder why people just torrent instead...