on Dean Wesley Smith's blog (it's mostly about his books but with valuable advice for Indie authors), I found another argument for higher prices for eBooks. The times where readers thought 2.99 too high for a digital file finally seem to be of the past. Of course, in his article, he gives many reasons that I don't want to repeat. But they seem logical. That said, in Germany, the eBook revolution is not as far as it is in the US, so I'll kep the prices slightly below what he suggests. From late October on, my prices will be as follows:
— Novels English German
Front list, meaning brand new. Over 50,000 words. $7.99 5,95 €
Shorter front list novels, meaning 30,000 to 50,000 words. $6.99 4,95 €
Backlist novels, meaning already published by a traditional publisher. $6.99 4,95 €
— Short Books
Short books, meaning stories from 8,000 words to 30,000 words. $3.99 2,99 €
— Short Stories
Short stories … 4,000 to 8,000 words. $2.99 1,99 €
Short stories under 4,000 double with another bonus story… $2.99 1,99 €
2 stories (no bonus) $1.99 0,99 €
5 stories $4.99 2,99 €
10 stories $7.99 5,95 €
I believe these prices are fair, considering all the work I put into creating quality eBooks (also with slightly higher prices, I can afford to get another proof-reader to look at Amadi, since a reviewer pointed out some mistakes my first proof-reader obviously missed. Nasty surprise for me). I will keep "Urchin King" and "Amadi, the Phoenix, the Sphinx, and the Djinn" at their current prices until Halloween. Then, they will go up. So, if you haven't already, get yourslef a copy. And if you like the story, please leave a review. They are essential for Indie authors like me.
How do you price your novels? Do readers value the value they get? Do you get feedback and/or reviews? Tell me.