As a reader, I don't mind paying 7.99, 8.99, 9.99 for an ebook by an author I enjoy following or a series I've been reading. But the 9.99 price point or higher is unlikely to get me to try an author I've never read before, at least for an ebook, and many major publishers are realizing that. Hence the number of 5.99 to 7.99 Kindle books available from major publishers and big name authors.
Then again... all this wrangling about price made me think about something the other day, as I went to my local comic book shop. Yes, I'm a comic book fan.
Anyway, I went in to pick up about a month's worth of comics that the owner had been setting aside for me. (Yes, I'm THAT MUCH of a comic book fan!) They ranged from $2.99 to $4.99 each. I spent about sixty dollars for a month's worth of comics. I went home and I read them... it gave me about two and a half hours of enjoyment.
The last indie book I read on my Kindle was The Hawk and His Boy. I paid 2.99 for it, the low end of what I would pay for a single issue of a comic book. It was a good book... not the best I've read, but a solid 3.5-4 stars, or thereabout. And while I'm a fast reader, especially on Kindle, it gave me around... four hours of enjoyment spread over two days of reading as I had the time.
While I love my comics, and my print books, and my big name authors... which of these things seems like it was a better deal in the long run?