The cost of paperbacks compared to kindle books is outrageous. For my books I can make a profit of £1 by selling a kindle book for around a fiver but to make 50p profit of a paperback, I need to price it at £13!
Granted, my books have between 500 and 700 pages so they are the equivalent of two books but I do wonder if we are being pushed to buying Kindle or using Kindle apps. I use one on my laptop and it works for me just fine but I don’t take it to the pool on holiday for example.
I find it sad that bookshops are closing, I love a good browse and will often find books I wouldn’t online and I love holding a book and turning the pages.
I bought all my books on paperback, I wanted them displayed in my writing room, I love showing them to people, they are tangible, all my work is there in my hands. Being the author I got them slightly cheaper but not by much.
Don’t get me wrong, Amazon having a print on demand service, so I can publish paperbacks, is a wonderful thing. Does it have to be so expensive?
I often buy the kindle version and the paperback, one for my bookshelf and the other I can carry around with me to look up notes or read when out and about. So I made sure I included my books in the Matchbook so others can do the same.
Matchbook is when you pay an extra £1 to get the kindle version when you buy the paperback.
I know so many people who don’t have kindle and or prefer a paperback, I just worry that £13 for a paperback is steep, even if they are getting two books worth of text.
What do you think? What’s the limit you will go to for a paperback? Is it worth paying so much more than the kindle version?
Let me know in the comments.