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Old 09-28-2012, 02:35 PM   #1441
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That's a very good average price, Paul. Those of us who read voraciously are going to spend more total $$. But we need to be a bit advertent about what we buy, and when, to keep the total costs to a reasonable level. (I don't care how good the latest J. K. Rowling book is, I am not spending $18 on it. Full stop.) Having a reasonable TBR helps that, though I still get a little carried away on new favourite authors/series sometimes.
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:00 PM   #1442
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^That could more be a function of available options for reading and the kinds of books you are reading. I seem to have books that never go on sale. I peruse through my wishlist on Amazon once a week for price changes and I also search InkMesh for authors every now and then. Almost everything I really want to read is in $11US to $15US price range. Consequently, I have purchased two e-books in the past half year and rely on paper from the library for 90% of my reading now. Until I start reading cheaper authors/publishers e-reading will be pretty much exclusively public-domain classics which don't interest me too much.
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.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:42 PM   #1443
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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".
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #1444
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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".
Have you tried Books on Board? They have a similar model to Fictionwise. They still offer credits to future sales on books that you purchase.
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:46 PM   #1445
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My average from Fictionwise is $2.47, and from Baen it's $3.50. From Amazon it's a little over $3.50.
The other factor is country you live in. I would like Postcards by Annie Proulx. Price if you live in the US is $11.99 and it's $19.43 if you live in Canada. Based on living in Canada you could probably add $3 at least to your average Amazon price. It's why most of my reading is done in paper format from my library now. I just can't afford to e-read the titles I want to in Canada. The thread is about limiting spending and I've certainly done that recently.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:11 PM   #1446
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The other factor is country you live in. I would like Postcards by Annie Proulx. Price if you live in the US is $11.99 and it's $19.43 if you live in Canada. Based on living in Canada you could probably add $3 at least to your average Amazon price. It's why most of my reading is done in paper format from my library now. I just can't afford to e-read the titles I want to in Canada. The thread is about limiting spending and I've certainly done that recently.
It's not particularly difficult to set up a US Amazon account for buying eBooks. Once done, you buy yourself some US Amazon gift cards, set your country to the US, and you're all set.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:12 PM   #1447
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Grrrr, Amazon!

The Gun Seller - $1.99
The Black Prism - $1.99
Leviathan Wakes - $1.99
The Sisters Brothers - $2.99

To be fair, they were all on my wishlist.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #1448
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To be fair, they were all on my wishlist.
That's good then! Much better than paying 'full price'.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:34 PM   #1449
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And Leviathan Wakes is 2 books in one. And.....ahh, who are we kidding?
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:33 AM   #1450
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None of those were on offer here, luckily. (Bah.)

I fell off the wagon too, with Peter F Hamilton's Manhattan in Reverse collection for 0.99.
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This is going to go against the crowd but...

About 8 months since my last purchase! It was hard. I've completely avoided all reading related news. I have no idea what new books I'm missing... and I'm okay with it!

The time not spent on looking at new books and buying was also spent on reading through 30 books this year. My to-read list went down significantly and I think I can go on for a bit longer!
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:37 PM   #1452
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This is going to go against the crowd but...

About 8 months since my last purchase! It was hard. I've completely avoided all reading related news. I have no idea what new books I'm missing... and I'm okay with it!

The time not spent on looking at new books and buying was also spent on reading through 30 books this year. My to-read list went down significantly and I think I can go on for a bit longer!
Many congratulations! I'm extremely impressed. An example for us all.
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Old 10-06-2012, 04:52 PM   #1453
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And one I can't follow. Eight books from a couple of favourite authors in the fictionwise 60% of sale. Average price less than $1.24!
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I put everything unread/in progress on my iPad 3, and I come up around 100 books almost exactly as my TBR. Need to get cracking. Oh, and I fell prey to Wool Omnibus for $1.99 this weekend BUT it was another wishlist grab.
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Well, the Humble Bundle just -had- to go into ebooks... there goes my streak. I've always got their game bundles and found it hard to say no to the ebook one as soon as I saw the email.

Ah well, this one is definitely worth it for me!
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