I’ve been getting really annoyed at the price of ebooks lately. I’ve done posts in the past that the cost is NOT worthwhile to readers, but seeing as I haven’t touched on it and it’s what I consider to be a major problem – let’s go there again shall we.
Pricing in ebooks is ridiculous. Readers pay out the nose per word with a cost that is not comparable to going to the bookstore and getting a dead tree paper book. Why? Because I think readers are not educated on costs and have been gradually acclimatized to accept “novellas” as the main length in the genre. Novel length stories are almost obscure and cost more, yet even “novel” length in most ebooks is below the average novel length of traditionally published work.
So let’s check out the cost you, the reader, are paying for your books at various publishers. Now since formatting is an issue and some publishers are guilty of horrendous formatting (and yes, Amber Allure, I’m looking at YOU with your 9 inch margins all around), let’s look at sheer word count for cost.
Now when I started this venture I thought I would take a sampling to get an idea and just started with one publisher whom I thought was over-charging. What turned into a sampling actually turned into looking at every single book in their listing and found almost NO standardization. Thus I’ll only be highlighting one publisher in this post – more to come.
Over on loveyoudivine, they are offering the following books:
3,800 words for $2.00
5,000 words for $2.50
5,400 words for $2.00
5,700 words for $2.00
10.6k words for $2.50
11k for $2.75
11k words for $3.25
14k words for $3.25
16k for $3.25
18k words for $3.75
23.5k words for $4.00
67k words for $6.50
I included the links so you can see the books for yourself but here is the breakdown of all 58 books in the m/m department of this publisher. There are no listings on the site about categories and pricing.
So a book that is under 10k words costs $2 – $3.25. The $3.25 is actually ~7k while the high end of word count at ~8 k is only $2.50. So you pay $0.75 MORE for 1000 LESS words. Sounds good to me!
A book between 10k and 11k costs $2.40 – $2.75, with the highest cost coming for lower word count once again.
A book between 11k and 20k costs $2.75 – $3.75. And anything over 20k is obviously more expensive ranging up to $6.50.
What I found was that the higher the book count, the more economical the word count is yet there is no standardization to the word count associating with cost. Two books by the same author at 5,200 words and 5,300 words cost $2.00 and $2.50 respectively.
Does this make ANY sense?
The lower the word count, the higher the cost! (quick graph because someone asked for it :D)