The value of a dollar.

05312009-003wbThere are a few things that are truly pet peeves for me when it comes to books and reading.  Poor grammar, spelling, formatting, etc are certainly high on my list. But lately, there is one thing that has truly been annoying me about ebooks.  There is this trend of super, super short ebooks.  So short that it feels insulting to call it a complete book that are way overpriced.

I see all these 5,000 word books for $2.99 on amazon. I’m amazed. Like really? That’s barely two or three chapters at most. $1.00 a chapter? That feels like robbery to me.

And these aren’t from publishing houses, so the authors do have some control over the pricing.  Here’s the thing.  You shouldn’t under-price your work, but you also shouldn’t overprice it.  I can get a full paperback novel for $6.99.  Why would I voluntarily pay half of that for a book that has three chapters in it?

I’m not certain if there’s a rule book or a list for book pricing, but if there was it should look something like this:

for Ebooks:

< – 10,000 words = $.99 – $1.50

10,000 words – 30,000 = $2.00 – 3.99

30,000 – 50,000 = $4.00+


I think 6.99 is a fair price.

Don’t get me started on how overpriced hardbacks can be.

I’m curious, what do other readers and authors think about the fluctuating prices of the ebook world right now??


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