Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless

Again, because the topic of book pricing is a huge bugaboo of mine, I’m reblogging an article by a writer I not only thoroughly enjoy, but agree with on most things… well, ALL things so far!

This piece is a good companion to my article about Taylor Swift (right before this one), so read them both and then, come on, let’s raise the bar on the value of art!!

Tara Sparling writes

I’ve been wondering about book pricing for a long time. Specifically, whether making your book free makes me bothered about reading it or not.

And I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m not. Bothered, that is.

But before you start weeping and wailing (yes – you in the back, there) this has to be taken in the context of the market demographic to which I belong. And the fact that a clunky, unsophisticated and downright annoying scatter-gun approach to book marketing, which I keep ranting and raving about even though nobody is bloody listening, is yet again way off target.

I said before that books were decreasing in value – and they are, on two levels: both in sales and production.

Firstly, it stands to reason that if you charge me 99c for your book, or make it free, it’s not as valuable to me as something which cost me more.

Secondly, there isn’t…

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2 thoughts on “Authors! Your Free Book Is Worthless

  1. Thanks for the re-blog, Lorraine! I saw the headline of your Taylor Swift piece yesterday, but couldn’t access it from the device I was on – thanks for the reminder, I’ll be all over it later… it was on Huff Post too, right?

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