During the first part of 2017 I’ve taken an unplanned sabbatical from writing. I’m currently working on a new novella that will release next year, and in 2018 I will indie publish my Heartsong backlist.
A pleasant consequence from my writing break has been the opportunity to catch up on reading. I’ve enjoyed having a chance to dig into my ebook tbr list.
Despite having a ridiculously large unread ebook list, I still buy more ebooks. I’ve been thinking about how much I’m prepared to pay for an ebook.
I love my lattes. I spend a lot of time in my car driving around Canberra for my day job, and I don’t think twice about going to a drive thru or cafe to buy my morning latte. I typically pay somewhere between $3.50 to $5.00 for a cup of coffee (US dollar equivalent: $2.50 to $4.00).
I impulse buy 99c ebooks. I’ll happily pay US3.99, the equivalent of a latte, for ebooks. I’ll pay more if I know the author and enjoy their books. I’ll also pay more for traditionally published ebooks I really want to read.
I rarely buy ebooks that are priced over US6.99, which converts to more than $9.00 Australian and two cups of coffee. If I’m looking at spending $9 or more, I’m thinking about the advantages of buying a print book instead of the ebook version.
I could buy a cup of coffee from a petrol (gas) station, for example, and pay around $1.00. I’d prefer to pay more for the experience of drinking better quality coffee.
Reading is subjective, and a book I loved reading could be a story you disliked. Or vice versa. There is an element of risk in book buying that doesn’t exist when you’re purchasing coffee from a familiar business.
I’d prefer not to buy an expensive ebook that turns out to be lemon. Reviews from trusted sources can eliminate some of my uncertainty when it comes to making book buying decisions.
I know many of our Inspy Romance readers are reader-reviewers who invest time in writing reviews and blog posts and street team activities. Time has a monetary value, and I find it takes a minimum of half an hour to write a book recommendation for a blog post. Usually longer. The time spent writing reviews is definitely worth more than a cup of coffee. Our writing community values the contribution of time by readers who share their thoughts and opinions on books.
Which brings me back to my original question: Is an ebook worth more than a cup of coffee? My answer is yes, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.