Here we go again! The fight is over pricing. Many Hachette eBooks run $14.99 to $19.99. Amazon Kindle reduces the price. Hachette complains and has rallied their authors in support. Kindle defends its stance by saying any eBook over $9.00 is gouging the public.
Okay. That said. The issue goes far deeper. What you see is an industry struggling to redefine itself. Penguin buys AuthorHouse and now controls a vast number of Print-On-Demand publishers. Huh? Agents are offering to assist the Self-Published authors in an attempt to become their publisher and promoter for a fee. Double huh? And why are these weird moves happening? The traditional publishing companies realize Indie authors are eating in to bottom-line profits. Fear now drives the industry.
I’m an Amazon affiliated author. I publish through Kindle, Create Space, and Audible, all Amazon Companies. I know through my own experience that publishing an eBook costs next to nothing. I price my eBooks at $3.99 and my paperbacks at $14.95. Reasonable prices for the expenses I incur. So I guess I manage my outgo versus income a lot better than traditional publishers do.
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