Do You Equate Value and Price When it Comes to E-books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

In its article “Great Digital Expectations” the Economist magazine noted:

A tide of free and cheap product is flooding the market. Self-published novelists, keen for attention and without agents or publishers to share the proceeds with, often sell their works extremely cheaply. Meanwhile publishers have moved to offer introductory discounts on some books. As a result, Amazon’s list of 100 best-selling books has become a pricing free-for-all. This week 21 books were selling for just 99 cents. Others were priced at $4.98, $7.59 and $8.82. The most expensive single book, at $16.99, was Dick Cheney’s memoir.

With most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for, but is that the case with e-books? Some people, like Chad Post of Open Letter Books argued here that cheap e-books devalues literature. Others — particularly people selling their books at 99 cents — vehemently disagree. What do you think? Do you equate the value and price when it comets to e-books? Is it a spurious connection considering you can get the world’s greatest works of literature for free off of public domain sites?

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A widely published critic and essayist, he serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries.