3 thoughts on “What’s the best price for a self-published ebook? $3.99, Smashwords research suggests

  1. Interesting stuff… It looks like anywhere between $2.00 and $6.99 is a reasonable bet. Maybe it depends on the genre? The content? The length of the book?? Will be interesting to find out a bit more. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is a very interesting graph. I saw it a while ago, but it still has me puzzled. There are so many authors who sell their books for .99 cents and seem to sell so much more than all the other prices, but I’m not a marketing analyst, so what do I know? But I find it interesting that 10 dollars sells more than .99 cents?

    • You know, this is something we often talk about at my work. It’s about perceived value. Since I work for a not-for-profit, we offer many programs at no cost. Yet they are often less attended. The idea is people see value in what they are paying for and price gives it accountability.

      My own personal experience is that I actually tend to buy more e-books at a higher price than .99 cents. I don’t remember if it is this article or another, but the 3.99 range is a higher seller than .99 cents. I also think authors should value more of their writing. Since I’m investing in an editor, I know my work will be polished (here’s hoping).

      I would say quality over quantity. I would hope that my work is worth it to readers who are genuinely interested in the theme and not because it’s cheaper.

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