Originally Posted by Dr. Drib
The ebooks will have tough competition in the marketplace:
They are priced at $14.95, $14.95, and $34.95 for volumes 1,2, and 3.
. . .
I didn't even look at the prices because of the format/DRM issue.
That is so far over my "impulse buy" and "let's check out this new author" thresholds that my mind is spinning like a top. (okay, maybe that's the caffeine)
I can think of one time when I've paid anything like that for any book by an unknown author. He was signing his books at the local Borders and he was a really nice guy who was starting to look kind of dispirited, so I bought one of his books. Bad mistake. It stank on ice. It would stink in Antarctica. It would stink in the Kuiper Belt. If I hadn't learned my lesson before that, I certainly did then. Now I have an autographed reminder in case I forget, which I keep as kind of a cenotaph for my lost fifteen bucks.
I guess it's just another indie who isn't getting the same thing the NYC publishers aren't getting: Price your books as luxury items and most people will find cheaper entertainment. Price your books as impulse buys and a whole lot of people will impulsively buy them. (the proof is left as an exercise for the student's TBR list)