“but certain publishers (Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, Penguin) still refuse license ebooks to libraries...”
Nona P on Dec 20, 2012 at 21:00:17
“Absolutely. But it's a start, and I suspect the growth of popularity of ebook lending will eventually draw them to the table. They may not make as much money, but they'll still make money, and it's not like unused ebooks have to be pulped, so it's almost pure profit.”
“Hosting costs aren't terribly expensive... some authors are starting to sell their ebooks through Gumroad and their cut is only 5% + 25c (that's 10% for a 5$ ebook).
I think that costs are important, but of course costs are never the only factor in pricing anything.
I know that when I pay for an ebook, I'm paying for a license-to-read instead of a product (one that I can lend, gift, sell, etc) and I want the price to reflect that, convenient as it may be that the ebook is instantaneously delivered to me. I think most people take issue with the ebooks that are priced over 9$. Those on the 4-5$ range are reasonable.
In any case, I'm glad when I see that an ebook has been neatly edited, formatted and has a nice cover. I wouldn't want a book to "skip" that just because it's an ebook. I've learned the hard way that not even traditionally published ebooks escape certain problems (usually it's horrible formatting issues).”