It comes as no surprise that the debate about how much an ebook should cost is as varied as the readers and writers who like digital media. For me, it’s $5- (4.99). That’s how much I think a fiction novel should cost. Why? Because I am more inclined to risk five bucks on a book by an unfamiliar writer than ten and I respect authors who value their work. Plus, five bucks was the cost of a pocket paperback book when I started having my own income and could buy all the books I wanted.
I’ve heard the pros and cons for both the dollar and the ten dollar price points and I have to disagree. I am a realist, ten bucks buys butter, milk and eggs; a buck doesn’t even buy a vending machine soda. I value my work more than a soda and accept that it is less important than survival.
I want my readers to be entertained, not to be stressed out because their escape is competing with essentials. $5- is nearly the same price as a vente fufu drink from your favorite coffee place. Pair that with a $5- ebook, and you’ve spent less than the cost of a movie ticket.
It is all a matter of economic perspective.
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