Friday, September 28, 2012

Ebook Prices

I've been reading different articles on the issue of why ebooks cost so much when there is no printing or distribution cost. The publishers argue that the printing cost is only 10 to 15 percent of a book's price and they are making the same margins with ebooks as they are with print books. Click here to read the full article in "The Telegraph".
The thing that confuses me about ebooks being $9.99 or more is somehow small publishers are putting them out there for $3.99 and under. It's interesting because the small publishers are obviously selling a lot less copies, but are somehow able to turn a profit on ebooks selling them for less than half of what the big guys are.
What are your thoughts? Do you think the price of ebooks is going to or should come down?


  1. I think the large publishers are using ebooks to make up the profits they're losing as fewer people buy the paper kind. I have a hard time believing that the margins are not wildly different. They've gotta be.

    1. I think you're dead on. It's got to be a tough time for them with all the changes and uncertainty in the market.

  2. You look at the big publishers and where there offices are, and how many people they employ. Talk about overhead! While a small press like WiDo keeps overhead low, utilizing freelancers for editing and cover design, editors working out of their homes not a Manhattan office.

    1. Great points, Karen. It's back to the cashflow issues we learned about in Econ, eh?
      Thanks for stopping by!


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