What Would You Pay for an eBook?
M: I did something I never thought I’d do
J: oh, do tell
M: I’ve always thought how ridiculous it is to pay $14.99 for an ebook and how I’ve never ever done it.
I would have laughed if you said I would up until about a few weeks ago, when I pre-ordered the new Black Dagger Brotherhood book–Lover at Last–out at midnight tonight on Kindle
I think a whole shit ton of people are waiting for that little story to appear on their e-reader at 12:01AM
so go ahead and make fun of me being stupid excited for my guilty pleasure
J: and you paid $14.99 for it?
M: yes I did
and I’m only slightly ashamed.
but I can’t stand it
J: you know what, though?
we all pay more money for the things we really want
I mean, compare it to a Wal-Mart handbag or a Coach bag
no one gives a girl the side-eye for buying a Coach bag
$.99 for $14.99
if you’re going to love it, what does it matter?
M: I lurve him. I seriously do. I haven’t been this giddy over a fictional hero since Jamie Fraser.
It would kill me to know the story was out and I didn’t have it in my hot little hand as soon as possible. Especially since I’m certain it’s not going to be for sale anywhere on the island
I will stay up all night and read it
J: well, the fact of the matter is that some authors are the Coach bags of the publishing world
Coach charges so much for bags because people are going to buy them
some publishers charges so much for ebooks because they know people will effing buy them
people can roll their eyes if they want to, but they have their own “must haves” that they’ll pay for
so if you must have Qhuinn (omg, did I spell that right?), then by all means
and no need to be ashamed
I should probably also mention that I don’t even have an eReader
and when I do read, it’s usually a paper book
but that I have zero qualms about paying for the hardback version of a much-coveted book at the stroke of midnight the day it’s available. I have before, and I will again
M: hardback is different, though
there’s some cost involved in producing, shipping, etc. those. Not so much for the e-versions
J: no, but in the end, it comes down to what you want
M: I didn’t have an ereader until last Thanksgiving. I got a Kindle Fire, and I love it. I mostly got it so I can read in bed at night without having to turn on a light and disturb hubs when he’s actually home.
As much as I do like reading a book, there’s something just really exciting about pressing a button and instantly having access to a story
especially when he and I have always lived a million miles from nowhere. It’s a planned outing to go to any bookstore
and then, when we moved…oh, boy. All my books. Boxing and then paying per pound to ship them across the country.
Not to mention, I can carry over one thousand books in my purse when I travel. Don’t have to pick and choose and then lug them all over with me.
J: I’m honestly afraid if I had one, I’d never get anything else done
M: I think it’s opened up a whole new world
Good one for readers and writers, maybe not so good for publishers, booksellers, libraries. I’m not entirely certain how much it’s affected them.
J: with the decreased overhead, it seems as though ebooks would be a good thing for publishers
all the same preparation goes in, but fewer materials are needed
of course, they also have to have people on staff who can format for ebooks
probably more staff needed for that than for setting it once and going to print
I don’t yet know how formatting is different for each epub type
can you just set it once and it works for kindle, nook, etc.?
M: Pretty sure each is a different format
it has affected booksellers, though, as evidenced by Borders and Barnes & Noble, the neighborhood bookstores
it just seems the world is always change, adapt, move forward, or die
I’m kind of getting the same vibe from the Big Six publishers that was hanging around the Big 3 automakers, and look what happened to them
J: that was a point Nathan Bransford made on his blog recently
that as an agent, it’s his job to sift through what’s on his desk for the books that will be profitable. How many books throughout history were rejected when they might have been classics? World changers?
the ebook and self-pub phenomena (both separate and combined) have taken that power away from publishers and agents and given it to the readers
including those readers who would pay $14.99 for an ebook
sure, there’s the chance you’ll pick up something self-published that lacks in quality
but it’s the same for anything from a big six anymore, too
I do think an established author with a reputation for quality has a better chance of pulling in such prices for an ebook than a debut self-pubber
there is a big difference there
M: oh, yes, but that’s more established reputation. that can be either self pub or traditional
people are less willing to spend money on anything they aren’t sure about
J: would you have paid $14.99 for JR Ward if you hadn’t read the rest of the series?
M: no, but I’d spend $14.99 on a self-pubbed author in the same position
If I’d read their books and fell in love with the story or character–but again, that’s more about experience and reputation, which isn’t exclusive to any publishing format
J: really, it comes down to an individual’s feelings
and what they want to spend their money on
while one person is astonished at a $14.99 price on an ebook, the next is just excited they can read it at all
M: I’m a little of both
I’m a serious goner for this boy. I cannot wait for him to get his man
this is that one
You’ve been excited about this one for a while
M: Monday night, baby
J: I hope it’s everything you hope for and more
M: my first $14.99 ebook. Likely won’t be my last. I’m hooked on the ereader.
J: I’m still resisting. I’m afraid I’d disappear into a black hole and you’d never see me again
M: hey, if it gets you to read, it can’t be a bad thing
as much as I read, if it hasn’t sucked me in…
Speaking of sucking me in…Going to go ogle the cover and pine for a few more hours until it magically shows up on my kindle.
or not 🙂