Myself and my friend combined know everything there is to know, but he's not here.
Just Kevin said:
... how much people charge for their books. PDFs costing more than a hardback of the same page count?! I have to be stunned. Sorry.
When e-books first appeared on Amazon etc., they were priced the same as printed books, and there was a great public outcry ("You have no printing or shipping costs!!!" for example.) But I notice many of them have crept back up in price (and no one is now moaning!)
It's bizarre when an e-book costs the same or even more as the hardback version at one's local superstore. I know what I would rather buy.
And there's lots more advice to be found. Few seem to deal with the Cost of POD, though. Although, all the same, just because one is using POD does not mean one can add 100% to the Cost, just because one wants to, the advice above still holds.
It's funny that that link mentions the importance of making your price end in nine, maybe I'll drop my price by a penny and see if that helps.
Such precise pricing can be hard to achieve. Not only are there currency fluctuations, but I also recall when VAT was increased in the UK, which really cocked-up prices ending in 99! I also recall were that type of pricing started. It was USA car advertisers who thought that $14,999.99 sounded a lot less than $15,000. At the same time they stopped using the word Dollar.
But the other problem is, it's not us who fix the prices on other retail sites. (Unless one publishes on them, too.)
The only truly satisfying sales are the ones you make to
complete strangers. These people buy your book because they want it, not
because they are related to you or feel sorry for you, etc. etc.
The only truly satisfying sales are the ones you make to complete strangers. These people buy your book because they want it, not because they are related to you or feel sorry for you, etc. etc.
Any sale is a sale, but with an ISBN most buyers will indeed be strangers. But having said that, if any friends and relations, etc., who buy our books via use of a search on Amazon, or wherever, will still be 'strangers,' because no retailer will tell you who bought your product. But all the same, if friends and relations, etc., have not expected or insisted on a free copy, then that's possibly unusual.
Better to have a small slice of a huge pie than a huge slice of a small pie.
See also, Banoch-Tarski Paradox.
Or no pie at all.