American Idol And The Pricing E-Books Debate …by Susan Lute
American Idol is over. A new idol has been chosen, and this year more than any other, it was hard to pick a favorite. Jessica and Phillip are powerhouse talents. Both will go far. Will I rush out to buy Phillip’s first CD. You bet ‘ya. In line already.
No one can predict why a singing artist, or author sells. Many make their living trying to do just that – Simon Cowell (who seems to have a natural gift for finding talent), American Idol, and the Legacy Publishers. “Nobody has gotten rich from guessing what the American public will buy.” (a line, or close enough, from Working Girl, I think).
In my travels this week, I saw a great post at The Ruby-Slipper Sisterhood about pricing e-books. This debate is raging on all the indie author blogs I visit, and I must say, I lean toward Tomas DePrima’s take, though I can certainly see the value of lowering the price of the first book in a series to spur sales. Free? I’m not sure. Writing a novel is damn hard work.
So I want to do a survey. What kind of e-book buyer are you? Do you get only free or $.99 e-books? Is there a cap at what you would pay? Will you read ANY book that’s $.99? Or does it depend on who the author is? Will you read any book, $.99 – $5.99, by your favorite author, or one you’ve enjoyed reading before? How ‘picky’, and I don’t mean that rudely, but in a non-scientific survey kind of way, are you about the books you read. I know many of you check out content before you buy. Does the ‘free’ or $.99 purchase make that line in the sand a little more vague when making a decision to try a book or new author?
When do you become a fan? I’m curious.
For me, I don’t clutter my Kindle with a lot of titles I haven’t read, like I do my print to-be-read pile, which really is ranging in the 150 – 200 area. I’ve been collecting those books for years, thinking I’ll read them, but then along comes another one I must read first. I’m not one of those who will pick up an e-book just because it’s free. Mostly I need a relationship of some sort with the author. Either I follow their blog, like Joe Konrath (I read The List, and loved it! If there’s a sequel – and there might be, I’ll have to look into that – I’d read it in a heartbeat, even though he’s not my usual reading fare). Or I personally know the author. Many of my friends (and acquaintances from a variety of writing communities) self-publish. I just finished Marie Force’s Hoping For Love (Book 5 in The McCarthys of Gansett Island series), and Diana Duncan’s Devil May Care (Devilish Devlins series), and I can tell you quite honestly, I can’t wait for the next books in these series. And I will pay whatever the author wants.
I guess my question still is, what makes you a lifetime reader and fan of an author’s work? I know story is part of the answer, but what’s the rest? Will you pay the price for it?
And with that last question, in total blatant self-promotion, The Return of Benjamin Quincy is going on tour at the same time as Phillip Phillips and the rest of the top twelve American Idols. You can get information on that – Ben Q, not the American Idols tour <g> – at my website. The tour starts June 4th. Hope to see you there. And good reading this week. I’m turning my sights to something non-fiction.
Posted on June 3, 2012, in Susan Lute and tagged American Idol, book tour, Diana Duncan, JA Konrath, Jessica Sanchez, Marie Force, Phillip Phillips, pricing e-books, See Jane Publish, Susan Lute, The Return Of Benjamin Quincy, The Ruby-Slipper Sisterhood, Tomas DePrima. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.