I visited Amazon recently via the magic of the internet. I wanted to get an idea of what ebooks were on the best sellers list. Stephen King was there, of course. His book “Mr. Mercedes” was #1 in horror on Amazon. I had to ask myself how could that be. The release date for the ebook was June 3, 2014. Have I somehow slipped into a wormhole and traveled into the future? I don’t think so. The date on my computer says that it is May 25, 2014. Yet, somehow he had managed to get one review. It was five stars of course.
I looked to the #2 book “After The Virus” by Meghan Ciana Doidge. It had 53 reviews. This book was given a 4.1 rating. The reason it was not higher, however, is that someone had given it a one rating.
Now, I have read neither one of them so I can’t speak on how good, or bad, they are. But I was a bit surprised (just a little bit) on the disparity of the prices. Stephen King’s book was $ll.99 while Meghan Doidge book was 99cents.
Okay, I can understand it. Everyone knows who Stephen King is and he’s proven himself. Still, it doesn’t seem entirely fair. But Stephen King is not alone in his pricing. At Barnes & Noble “Unlucky 13” by James Paterson is priced at $14.99. Wow! Give it a few weeks and I’ll be able to buy the hardback at Walmart for that much.
Most of the well-known writers that I’ve come across price their ebooks quite high compared to the indie author’s. I guess it just comes down to the perceived value of the writer.
Maybe I’ll be there someday. Will my pricing be a lot lower? To be honest, I don’t know.
When I write a blog, I try to keep it relevant. Often it will be about writing and books. I also review books that I read.