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Old 04-23-2009, 03:31 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by FizzyWater View Post
And how about the stupid pricing policies a couple of the publishers are trying?
There was a London Book Fair article yesterday, with one of the executives from a UK publisher - ' we have to try parity pricing to start with, then move (implication slowly) from there. So hardback priced ebooks, etc.

Example, Alastair Reynolds Zima Blue collection, which is a few years old now, even if not very common. Same with Neal Asher's Gabble and Other stories.

Basically $50, for us. Insane.

In that la-la land crippled electrons are worth several times more on some sort of crazy step function. Sales at these prices - good question - likely orders of magnitude lower - count on your fingers and toes perhaps. Also will completely miss the 'buy print and electronic' double, as who would pay $50, twice? Or even $50 and $20 when there's a paperback. Actually be cheaper to pay someone to scan it for you, in that case.

Now, putting one out _before_ any other copy is could be worth more, no doubt. E.g. Baen e-Arcs, or other examples like that.

Releasing a $18 Jack Chalker ebook that is decades old because you are pricing it the same as this new edition's physical format is crazypants.

For a brand new book, probably some sensible argument for it being a little more at the start, and a little cheaper when not selling as much. High prices for garden variety mediocre old books is distinctly odd, as opposed to the Lord Of the Rings, which maybe you can get away with, the first time, at least.
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