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Duane Dingle

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:30 PM   in response to: John in response to: John
 
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John wrote:
As an avid reader, I would never buy a book for more than $8.00 even if it was award winning or ground breaking. Personally, from a reader's POV I like to see books under the $10.00 range otherwise regardless of quality, I would look elsewhere for cheaper books even going so far as to get out my Kindle which I hate reading from (I prefer hard copies). Often if a book comes out that's hyped to be fantastic, and it costs a lot I would wait a year until it's available cheaper. Perhaps this explains the lack of sales on print books.

But don't take my word for it.

I'm addicted to reading, even the ingredients on a food label if its in front of me, and my monthly fiction/nonfiction book purchase's route is the Salvation Army for the old $1 books, my favorite used book store for $5+ books and then Indigo for the sale or full priced new releases of authors I truly look forward to reading. I order from Amazon when I am searching for a specific titles that I either can't find locally like an indie book or can't wait until my monthly book run to purchase -most recent was an out-of-print book on English etymology that cost a whopping dollar but $18 for shipping. So, I'll pay almost nothing for books when I can, and pay full pop for books from my favorite current authors. The major demographic of my readers, the ones who enjoy character driven novels that offer a good laugh followed by a good cry, are folks above forty, and there are few books like my novels with one big seller only have came out at the end of 2014 and another last November, and none offer a series. So with that, I think it allows me to charge a higher price, though not as high as a trad-pub author. Now if my books were in a heavily populated genre like mystery, romance and sci-fi, I would have to have a different pricing strategy.
C. Gold

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 9:04 PM   in response to: Duane Dingle in response to: Duane Dingle
 
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My paperback is $14.99 and I could shave it lower but not by much. This is for a 102k word book with reasonable font size. I could always try to make it microscopic to bring the book price down a little but sheesh, nobody wants to read the fine print (ok, bad pun). To compensate, I make the ebook free if you buy the paperback. It's the best I can do. I can only hope that people who don't want to pay a lot for books will buy my ebook or borrow it from KU. I've tried to compromise with what I feel is decent pricing vs book length.
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 7:49 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Hello, Mr. NJ !

I'm not sure why 6.0 would be "too skinny," compared to 5.5. Thanks.

GG
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 7:52 PM   in response to: John in response to: John
 
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Yes, I had to smile at that. But there is an adage, "Don't sell yourself cheap." I am sure entrepreneurs in all lines have had to struggle with the perennial question of pricing. Good luck !
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 14, 2018 7:54 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Now, Donna, that rocks! What book is it? I also am planning a book which has many unique and historic drawings. Can we have the name of your tome ?

George G.
Notjohn

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 2:52 AM   in response to: George Garrigues in response to: George Garrigues
 
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I'm not sure why 6.0 would be "too skinny," compared to 5.5. Thanks.

I was thinking of the spine! The number of pages. Books of fewer than 200 pages look awfully flimsy -- perhaps that's a better word than "skinny"!

I'm sorry if I confused you.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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Donna St Felix

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 2:57 AM   in response to: George Garrigues in response to: George Garrigues
 
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George Garrigues wrote:
Now, Donna, that rocks! What book is it? I also am planning a book which has many unique and historic drawings. Can we have the name of your tome ?

George G.


Sorry, not even my sisters and brothers know the names I publish under or the book titles.
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 11:05 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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OK. Your secret is safe here! Good luck to you.
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 11:07 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
 
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How do you do that? Make the e-book free if the paper one is bought?
George Garrigues

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Re: Paperback Book Cost
Posted: Jan 18, 2018 11:13 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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NJ: Sure, I get it now. "Skinny" books are more like pamphlets. But I would disagree about the number of pages. I just received my first POD book from Amazon, and at 120 pages it is very solid. The type is large enough to read, the illustrations are clear, and it has a good "heft" in my hand. Don't you think a lot of the "feel" has to do with the weight of the paper? And, yes, it was made by CreateSpace.
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