The other day, I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and a ton of people were recommending a certain science fiction novel, which sounded right up my alley. I’d read a couple of reviews about it and, since it was out, figured I needed to purchase said book so I could see what all the fuss was about.
But it was $9.99 for an ebook.
And by an author unknown to me.
So I didn’t buy it.
But wait. Here’s another story for you: Again on Twitter. Another talked-about SciFi book — this one a space opera — popping up my feed (actually, it was kind of an insidiously quiet “psst! Awesome book! Pass it on…” kind of thing. No one openly promoting the book, just chatting about it and telling one another to read the darned thing.
It was $4.99 for the ebook.
Also an unknown-to-me author.
I bought it in a heartbeat.
Read it that night (Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Pretty darned good so, worth the money.)
It’s that price point, guys. I really can’t bring myself to pay more than $6.99 for an ebook, even if I absolutely adore the author (actually, if it’s a fave author, I’ll most likely buy the physical copy, even though it’s more expensive). And it’s worse for an unknown/debut author — I don’t like to pay more than $4.99 for someone new’s work.
On the flip side, I have a hard time downloading free ebooks from new-to-me authors (a little less so when it’s one of you awesome blogger friends but still…there’s some hesitancy. I know. I’m so weird.). I suppose some of that hesitancy comes from my TBR *really* not needing another book — physical or ebook — added to the pile. Another part of me wants every book I pick up to be awesome (yeah, that’s not surprising. We all want that.), and I’ve been burned too many times with those free ebooks. Plus, I don’t really mind paying a little bit and taking a chance on a book. I like to know that I’m supporting an author by paying them for their work.
So, how much are you willing to pay for an ebook? Does it change when it’s an unknown author? Or a favorite?
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