Aaaaaaaaaaaand TODAY I'd like to discuss this interesting interview about how low-balling one's ebook prices might not be the best idea in the world. Excite? SO EXCITE.
Winters touches on a lot of points in this interview that I myself have been concerned about with the emerging ebook market. Is selling 99-cent ebooks a sustainable business model? Does such a low price devalue or color the expectation of the work (aka, "So what if it sucks, it's only 99 cents")? Can you actually make reasonable money selling ebooks for so little? Do people who buy "cheap" books display an attitude of entitlement and expect more for less?
All totally valid questions. Another big concern of mine is the "hoarding" aspect she mentions. People often compare ebooks to the evolution of music purchases, which is a reasonable comparison to make, but I don't think they're as similar as they appear. Music is easily consumed. You can listen to 100 songs in a few days. You can't read 100 books in a few days. Unless your super power is Speed Reading. Are you The Speed Reader? I'm not The Speed Reader. I'm fast, but I'm not that fast. So what happens if people develop the "99 cents, why not" attitude? Will they buy buy buy, but never read? If you can get 30 books for 30 bucks, how fast will you read them? More importantly, will you read them at all?
Personally, I'd rather not boil down years of work into something that can be purchased for 99 cents. I think my work is worth more than that.
What do you think,