Archive for February, 2011

Joe Konrath, a well-known independent author, has long maintained that $2.99 is the best price for ebooks. The pricing of ebooks is, as you can imagine, a hotly debated topic.

Recently Joe has done an experiment where he has dropped the price of one of his books, The List, to 99 cents to see if he might make more money at the lower price point.

He writes:

At $2.99, I was earning $2.03 per download. And I was selling an average of 43 ebooks a day.

At 99 cents, I only earn 35 cents per download. I’m now selling 533 sales a day.

At $2.99, I made $87 a day.

At 99 cents, I’m now making $187 a day.

Click here to read the blog.

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An entertaining review and commentary on the software changes can be found here.

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Apple to Amazon: 30% please

Posted: February 23, 2011 in Amazon, apple, apps, kindle

Philip Jones writes:

I have had it confirmed the Apple’s new in-app purchasing rules will apply to e-books sold via apps, including the Kindle app, and that in addition these apps will no longer be able to link to purchasing apparatus external to the app, i.e. via a website. This is bad news for the Kindle app, and others who up to now have got around Apple’s rules.

Read the article here.

Steve Emecz asks whether there is a sustainable model for bookstore chains and replies: No. Interesting blog post.

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It looks like we will finally find out when the iPad 2 will be in stores! I hope that is the case, it seems as though it has been a long wait.

Kara Swisher, over at All Things Digital, writes:

… Apple will hold its much-anticipated event on March 2, where the tech giant seems poised to unveil a new version of its hugely successful iPad, according to multiple sources.

Click here to read the article.

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This is another post on the business of writing. Read it here.

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There are some wonderful blogs about the business of writing. I’ve already mentioned Dean Wesley Smith’s blog and Joe Konrath’s blog. Thanks to Dean, I’ve discovered another rich source of information on the state of writing and publishing: The Author’s Guild, specifically their series on e-books and the difference between the economics of e-book publishing and traditional publishing.

Here are the Author Guild blogs, in order:

How Apple Saved Barnes & Noble. Probably.
E-Book Royalty Math: The House Always Wins
The E-Book Royalty Mess: An Interim Fix

Enjoy!

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