Saturday, May 2, 2009

999 Boycott

I found out today that Quiet, Please is one of the books listed on the 999 boycott! Who knew?! For those of you who don't know about the boycott, it was started because of a bunch of readers getting mad at bestsellers selling for 15 bucks on Kindle; the whole point of Kindle is you save the publisher money by not having to waste money on paper, and passing on the savings to you. At 15 bucks you could just as well go to Border or Barnes and Noble (heck even Amazon!) and buy a copy of the book since bestsellers are typically priced well below the retail cost ($25 to $30)

I don't exactly fit into the 999 club sense I am not the author of a bestselling book, but it's still nice to be included in something!

From an authors point of view, I do wish my book was 9.99; it's a better price point and I think it would grab a few more readers. And why shouldn't it be cheaper? You don't have to market an ebook, you don't have to pay anything to print--really all you have to do is do a bit of formatting changes to the book and upload it.


David Oppegaard said...

The problem with the Kindle is that eventually Amazon, once they've cornered the market by selling books (at a loss, note) for 9.99, they will be able to control how much every book costs on the Kindle. So once they have a monopoly on the e-book market, they can possibly charge $20 or more for EVERY book on Kindle, and they can also push around publishers by telling them what they will and wont sell.

Scott Douglas said...

I don't like any company to have power, but I really don't think Amazon would ever charge more than 10 if they didn't have to; 9.99 is the proven price point--if they charged a ridiculous amount, piracy would increase. I'd like to see them push an ad model, where works are free (or discounted) with ads