11 Replies Latest reply on Jun 8, 2010 2:37 PM by Andromeda208

    Re: EBook prices

       I am curious to know if others have a certain price that they will pay for an ebook - and no more.  I would rather wait a couple of YEARS to buy a book by an author I like than pay the prices being charged now.  But then I get a lot of free books for review and from the different free sites ebook sites.

        • Re: EBook prices
          bklvr896

           

          timetravel wrote:

           I am curious to know if others have a certain price that they will pay for an ebook - and no more.  I would rather wait a couple of YEARS to buy a book by an author I like than pay the prices being charged now.  But then I get a lot of free books for review and from the different free sites ebook sites.

           

           

          For me, it depends on the author and the book, since to a great extent, it's the content I'm buying, not the packaging.  Some I'm willing to pay $12.99 to read it immediately, others I'll wait for the paperback or lower ebook version.  It is really no different than before i had the Nook.  I had to decide if I was willing to pay for a HC to read it immediately or wait for (1) the paperback or (2) see if I could get it from the library.  Now I just have to factor in the eBook version.  However, I've yet to find an eBook I'm willing to pay more than $12.99 for, so maybe that's my price point.  But then again, I didn't buy a lot of HC books either.

           

          I do wish that they would allow us to lend more than once and to be able to give it away for good. I'd love to donate some of my ebooks to the library, and I might be willing to pay more if I could do that when I was finished.

          • Re: EBook prices
            Rasyr

             

            timetravel wrote:

             I am curious to know if others have a certain price that they will pay for an ebook - and no more.

            For me, the answer is yes, but I would also add that it also depends upon the physical media that the book is also printed in.

             

            For example, if a book is going to be released in mass market paperback at any point, I won't pay higher than the paperback price (though I would prefer it to be $1-$2 less).

             

            For books that will never see mass market paperback format, half the cover price of the print version is the max that I will pay.

             

            • Re: EBook prices
              Josienjoe

              @ timetravel,

               

              Before the nook, I would buy new releases on my trips back to the US.  Since the nook, I have not purchased anything over $10.00 and have been exploring unfamiliar authors.  Believe me, my husband is very happy that I am now able to carry my "book" purchases.  

               

              :smileywink:

              • Re: EBook prices
                ABthree

                In rising levels of price and declining levels of likelihood:

                 

                1. I'll pay $9.99 or less for any book I want in a heartbeat.

                 

                2. If I want an eBook priced between $9.99 and $12.99 I'll try to buy it from the Sony Reader Store, where I still have a good credit balance from the Target Gift Card sale last month.  Otherwise, it's a hard sell but possible, unless the publisher is one of the Agency Five.  If it's fulll price and A5, I won't buy.  At this point in the Agency Pricing debate, no one should need further explanation of that. :smileywink:

                 

                3. Between $12.99 and the hardcover price, maybe for a Random House or small publisher title, no for the Agency Five.

                 

                4. I won't pay more than the hardcover price for any eBook.

                  • Re: EBook prices
                    steffiebaby140

                    Anything $9.99 and under I will buy in a second...unless its an author I'm feeling lukewarm about and haven't read before, then I may shy away from $9.99. 

                     

                    For authors that I really love or books that I would have pre-ordered normally I will pay up to about $14.99....unless the hardcover or paperback is less.

                     

                    Authors I have never heard of or am not familiar with I prefer to pay $7 or less, unless the book description is absolutely enticing.

                     

                    I will never ever ever buy a book that the hardcover (or paperback for older books) is priced higher than the book, and most often will refuse to but the hardcover either just on principle. 

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                        In general, unless I'm extremely impatient about the book, I need a price break over a DTB version. That's to compensate me for lack of lending, resale, etc. 

                         

                        Of course, when (if) I ever catch up with my log of books-to-be-read from free sources and the library, I may change my tune. But right now I just have too many alternatives.

                          • Re: EBook prices
                            ABthree

                            I don't borrow library books:  I don't want to gunk my Nook up with temporary files.

                             

                            Still, my own books-to-be-read list is so long, that I suppose I should be a little more judicious in my purchases.

                             

                            But eBooks make impulse buying so darn easy! :smileyvery-happy:

                              • Re: EBook prices
                                steffiebaby140

                                @ABthree

                                 

                                 

                                Isn't that the truth lol.  I keep promising myself I'll only buy one ebook a week, and I've already bought 3 since Saturday.  Way too easy to buy it and rethink the impulse later.

                                • Re: EBook prices

                                  $9.99 is my highest price for any eBook - and that has to be something I have a lot of interest in that is a hot new release.  Older titles should be less, of course.

                                   

                                  If there is a new release that I absolutely must have, I'll just buy it in hardcover at a discount, or look for a library copy.

                                   

                                  Rasyr - Was it you who said you were going to e-mail Penguin about Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" and/or "The Fountainhead" being priced at $27.99?  If so, did you get an answer?

                                   

                          • Re: EBook prices
                            Andromeda208

                            Hi All

                             

                                        There is a website that compares prices of ebooks from various places.  It also lists freebie and promotions.  Try Inkmesh.com.