E-book pricing: What is too high to pay?
First let me preface this by saying that I am very curious what people think about the agency pricing model now that it has been around for awhile. Second, I have spent up to 12.99 on an ebook in the past because it was from an author that I adored and a series that I loved. Third, I recently started really buckling down on my budget so prices of all things are much more important to me than in my “buy anything I want” phase. Finally, that I want to find a happy medium of supporting authors I love without breaking my pocket book.
The bottom line is I love books, series, and the authors who write them. I don’t love the prices that I am seeing on new releases that are $12.99 and up and the trend of the e-book being more than the paper and glue book (this happens quite a bit with the $7.99 range books). At what point has agency pricing gone to far? (I won’t even get into how it is perceived -or not- price fixing).
Personally: As much as I would like to go to a digital library for space and storage issues, I won’t pay more for a digital copy of a book. Sometimes I will skip the book entirely if I really wanted the digital copy but it was more than the paper and glue version. I love paper and glue books but as storage, upkeep, and other viable options (aka digital copies) became part of my life—I realized that digital books worked better for me in the long run. As a person who works in the technical industry, I was definitely an early adapter to this technology. So part of my problem stems from the fact that I remember when the high end of the digital ebook market was $9.99. I have over 700 books in my kindle library. Of those, less than 1/6 th are freebies–so I have bought a ton of books. I am a big time book buyer and not ashamed of it. However, I am even starting to wait on New Releases (which I know messes with the author’s bonus–sorry about that) because 11.99, 12.99, 13.99, and 14.99 are entirely to much to pay for the ebook. Even though I can use a coupon and end up getting the HardBack cheaper, it boils down to space and storage again. Also if I start a series in one format, I like to stick with that format for the rest of the series. It is a weird thing of mine and I am a huge re-reader so books start to fall apart after awhile, so digital appeals to me on that end too.
Does anyone else ever ponder the what is “too much” process when buying a book?
I want to end by saying that if I won the lottery, I would buy a house that could store all the books I wanted to read and not think a thing about it anymore. However, since I don’t play the lottery that isn’t in my future! What are your thoughts on ebooks? Do I overthink the issue? Have you found a way to balance supporting your favorite authors and not breaking your pocket book? If so, what is your trick of the trade 🙂