This is a question that I am sure greater minds than I are pondering.With a paperback or hard cover book, prices are relative to what you feel in your hands. Simple logic in this regard is that the heavier the book, the more expensive it is. So everyone has been pretty happy with this formula for centuries and happily shell out far more for a 500 page hard cover book than a 140 page ‘airport express’ paperback.
With an e-book though, this formula goes straight out the window. An e-book is an e-book is an e-book. So no matter what the quantity of words, there is a perceived price ceiling. My guess is that the upper price limit is around $6.00. Or in e-book speak, $5.99 to be precise. At the other end of the e-book price scale is the newly invented book price. Absolutely free.
In doing a little research for this blog post, I came across something I hadn’t really considered before. Comparing the estimated word count of e-books with their price. What I found was that this has no relevance to the price whatsoever. Fiction novels of around 35,000 words were priced about the same as those of 100,000 or more words. So I came to a cunning conclusion.
From now on, I am going to write very short e-books and very long real books. Or perhaps cut my long book into three or four volumes for e-book distribution and call them a trilogy. As I would have no hope of selling my full book as an e-book for $6.00, I am sure after chopping it in three I could sell each third for $1.99.
Or, why not six parts at $0.99?