e-book pricing

Latest Author Earnings Report shows Big Five cutting their own, authors’ throats to get Amazon

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 7, 2015 // 3 Comments

The May 2015 Author Earnings Report, Hugh Howey and team‘s “sixth quarterly look at Amazon’s ebook sales,” has just hit the web, and I’m going to precis some of its most important conclusions, while recommending that any writer in particular digest the whole thing. And as [...]

More from Neil Gaiman on the Amazon/Hachette faceoff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 4, 2014 // 3 Comments

Neil Gaiman’s views on the Amazon/Hachette spat seem to have evolved a little since Chris Meadows last reported on them in mid-June. According to an answer to a self-published author and fan recently posted on “the official Neil Gaiman Tumblr, but honestly no better than the unofficial [...]

Hachette responds to Amazon advocates’ email on pricing its e-books

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2014 // 3 Comments

Digital Book World is carrying the response Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch is sending to those people who write him at Amazon’s behest. Since I posted the Amazon letter in full, it seems only fair to do the same for this. Pietsch (or whoever wrote the response for him) maintains that “Hachette [...]

Amazon says it would be content with 30% of revenue if Hachette e-books were $9.99

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2014 // 7 Comments

Amazon has posted another update to its Kindle user forum, dispensing more information about the nature of the dispute between itself and Hachette. In fact, this is pretty much the clearest statement of what the actual argument covers that we have yet seen from either side, including those Hachette [...]

DBW 2013: Piracy Does Harm Sales

By libertyc
January 16, 2013 // 13 Comments

Digital Book World just published a report that piracy does harm sales and backed it up with a list of 25 studies that prove the point. Okay, splashy headline. You can agree or disagree with it, your choice. What I found interesting were the recommendations to publishers: 1. Make content available [...]

GenCon Interview: Self-publishing author Michael Stackpole (Part Three)

By libertyc
December 31, 2011 // 0 Comments

Here is the third ten minutes of the thirty-minute discussion I had with Michael Stackpole at GenCon a few months ago. I’m a little embarrassed that it took this long for me to sit down and type it all up. The first part can be found here, and the second here. Stackpole is best known for his [...]

E-book sticker shock redux: Slowing the industry, missing the point

By libertyc
December 18, 2011 // 13 Comments

The Wall Street Journal article on e-book sticker shock that we covered a couple of days ago has been drawing a number of reactions. CBS Marketwatch offers a piece noting that the high e-book prices are slowing the growth of the industry. It points out that e-book prices have implications for [...]

GenCon Interview: Self-publishing author Michael Stackpole (Part Two)

By libertyc
September 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

Here is the second ten minutes of the thirty-minute discussion I had with Michael Stackpole at GenCon last month. I will be posting the final part in days to come. The first part can be found here. Stackpole is best known for his extensive work in writing BattleTech and Star Wars tie-in novels, and [...]

France passes e-book price-fixing law

By libertyc
May 18, 2011 // 0 Comments

The French e-book price-fixing law, which we mentioned in October and again earlier this month, has passed the French National Assembly, the Bookseller reports. The bill says that retailers both inside and outside of France must respect its price requirements, which conflicts with European Union [...]

Pricing puzzler: Diane Duane finds e-book sells better at $4.99 than $1.99

By libertyc
May 16, 2011 // 11 Comments

E-book pricing can sometimes be counterintuitive. I mentioned a couple of months ago that Diane Duane was removing her e-book A Wind from the South from free distribution and offering it up for sale on Amazon. Now she finds that it is actually selling considerably better at $4.99 than at $1.99. She [...]

UK blogger complains about e-book price gouging

By libertyc
May 3, 2011 // 5 Comments

The US isn’t the only place where publisher e-book prices are higher than some consumers would like. While we’ve carried a number of examples where the e-book price was higher than the paper book price, most of them have focused on America. But on his blog nikf.org, Nik Fletcher rants about [...]

Epic Games president decries 99-cent games

By libertyc
April 23, 2011 // 5 Comments

Did you think digital cheap was only giving print publishers conniptions? Think again. Reminiscent of publishers’ feelings about 99-cent self-published e-books, Industry Gamers has a brief piece based on a talk with Mike Capps, president of Epic Games (the company behind the widely-used Unreal [...]

E-books, hardcovers, and pricing: Will publishers ever learn?

By libertyc
April 2, 2011 // 16 Comments

The Digital Reader is carrying an article by Eric Landes, a technical writer dabbling in fiction, looking at the question of e-book pricing from an outsider’s perspective. Landes considers the changes that are taking place across the publishing industry, how the industry is responding by pricing [...]

E-book pricing hinges on customer perception of value

By libertyc
March 23, 2011 // 19 Comments

As if in response to the last article’s dismissal of the $.99-$2.99 price point, O’Reilly Radar has a brief interview with Todd Sattersten of BizBookLab about the pricing issue. Sattersten points out that the main issue at hand is consumer perception of value. Consumers see that everything else [...]

An economic argument on e-book price

By libertyc
March 21, 2011 // 15 Comments

Historical romance novelist Courtney Milan has written an essay on her blog demolishing one of the economic arguments that tends to come up in discussions over e-book price. This argument suggests that the price of e-books should drop to nothing because “in a perfectly competitive marketplace, [...]

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