How much does price affect your decision to buy a book, and more specifically, an ebook? There are some interesting discussions going on, with mixed opinion, so I thought I’d ask. I’ve seen ebooks priced anywhere from free to $25. Usually the higher end price is a well known authors ebook, although not always. That’s a big price difference. I would not pay $25 for an ebook, no matter who wrote it or how much I wanted it. How much does price influence your decision to buy?
We know the old saying, ‘you get what you pay for.’ Does this apply to books? Do you think free = rubbish or crap when it comes to ebooks? We all like a bargain, but if I like the blurb on an ebook, I’m happy to pay for it (within reason – not $25, thank you very much). Free makes little difference to me. I rarely buy in the 99c range, either. So, maybe I do equate price with quality. Or perhaps it’s because I don’t buy based on price and buy when the book blurb draws me in.
Do you think a well-known author is entitled to charge more because they are riding on their reputation, or does it annoy you and make you feel cheated? It probably costs the same to make a book available for Kindle no matter who wrote it (acknowledging some authors incur editing, publishing, agent and cover design expenses). To me, charging more because a name is known is like buying designer clothes because the label somehow makes the product seem better, when in fact, the lesser known, cheaper make is often equally as good, if not better.
What do you think?