Originally Posted by pdurrant
It's true that choice of reading matter affects the average price. Most of my books are SF or fantasy, with a bit of mystery, crime, classics and romance thrown in.
But it is possible to make use of special offers from publishers, and (now) discounts from retailers like Kobo (and in the past Fictionwise).
The vast majority of my paid-for books (1301) come from Fictionwise. Next is Baen with 716. Other retailers account for only 109, and that's from Amazon, Kobo, Books on Board & Pottermore.
Oh! I forgot Waterstones. That's another four books. And WHSmith, another two.
Wow - my average price from WHSmith, Waterstones and Pottermore is around £5/$8! That's my highest average price from anywhere. Only 13 books, luckily.
My best average prices are from Kobo and BooksonBoard. Both just a little over $2/book. That's probably because I only buy from those stores when there's a really good discount coupon or offer.
My average from Fictionwise is $2.47, and from Baen it's $3.50. From Amazon it's a little over $3.50.
Note that these are averages. I do spend more on individual books from time to time. Though the number of times I've paid more than £6.50/$10.00 is probably in single figures.
I really miss the Fictionwise model. Buying books only when they go on sale and getting credit towards new books whenever I buy a book. What's left of my TBR are all books I bought on sale at Fictionwise and have gotten to yet. I never could resist one of their "sales".