Price of Ebooks

I’m getting close to finishing Wizard’s First Rule by Terry Goodkind, so I’ve been thinking of Stone of Tears, the second book in the series.

On Amazon, the mass market paperback version is $8.99, and the ebook version is $8.54.  That’s just silly.  Yes the ebook is less expensive than the print book, but not by much.  I’m not going to buy an ebook for $8.54.  In fact, I generally don’t buy ebooks that are more than $4.  I can get the print book used for about $4 after shipping, so that’s what I’m going to do.

This has an interesting side-effect.  If the ebook was priced lower, say at $4, I would buy that instead, and the author, Terry Goodkind, would get a percentage of that sale.  But because the price of the ebook is so high, I’ll be buying it used.  The person I buy the used book from will get the money, and the author won’t get any of it.

I know the author isn’t in charge of the ebook’s price, the publisher is, because he published through a publisher instead of publishing directly.  But if the ebook price was set more reasonably the author and the publisher would be making more sales, and more money, than they’re otherwise making.  As it is, my sale is going to the used book market.

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