Originally Posted by rcuadro
It all depends. For authors like Stepehen Kind, Dan Brown, James Rollins, I would pat hardcover prices to get the ebook the day it was released. After that I will pay paperback price. I understand that ebooks will take away profits from paper books sales so I am willing to pay the price.
For independent authors I hesitate to pay more than $5 on a book.
By independent, do you mean 'unknown' or 'self-published'? It seems to me that an author that self-publishes a book puts more work into the book that an author that 'hires' a publisher, so they deserve more wages, i.e. not only the standard author's royalty but also the publisher's profits, too.
A lot of this discussion appears to be based on the idea that no further work needs to be done, other than printing & distribution, after a book is written-and that is *far* from the truth. At least to make a book successful, it is. Even for a well-known author. (Although they can probably sell a poorly-published book or two based simply on their name. After a while though, if they don't work on their publishing skills, become well-known more for how poorly their books are published rather than for how well they're written.)