I loved this post and the links - $0.99 as a price point for a book is ridiculous. Dear Author is also having a discussion on eBook pricing. The comments are eye-opening in regards to buying budgets, perceived value, and production costs.
1. Production costs mean crap to a reader, especially in regards to ebooks. No one wants to pay hardback costs for an eBook.
2. Series bundles for ebooks would be awesome, why can’t we get more of them from the big 6?
3. Indie presses like Carina Press, Samhain and Loose-Id are good places to get good, well-edited stories for a reasonable price. (this is kind of a DA commenter thing, but honestly that’s where I’m buying a lot of my eBooks too, so I concur).
4. The $.0.99 eBook that I bought earlier today was indeed worth about $0.99. I would rather pay more for well-made book, kthx.
5. Upshot: Personally, I don’t think I’d pay more than $9.99 for a book that’s only available in hardback/eBook form. There are exceptions to this rule - I bought Ariel Levy’s Female Chauvinist Pigs for $11.99, but it’s a more academic book, and I suppose I tolerate the higher price point because I expect that I’ll spend more time with the title than I do with fun reading.
Which I would subtitle “Why Geeks are Still Often Quite Stupid about the ‘Real World’ “
I was indirectly linked through John Scalzi over at Whatever to a LiveJournal entry on e-publishing and ebook pricing by a Cat Valente. And I have to say, the entire argument resonated with me as being…