Well, like I said. If you have an issue with authors pricing their books at 99 cents, take it up with them. I don't see any consumer advocacy groups demanding that e-books be priced at 99 cents.Margo wrote:I wasn't refering to whether or not Wal-Mart carried books but the fostering of the consumer attitude that we are all entitled to whatever we want for nothing, or certainly less than it really should cost. When we actually receive something for less than it should cost, it loses value in our eyes, and we treat it as being of less value.Mira wrote:But I have no problem with Wal-mart, and other discount stores, carrying books.
I think many are afraid of the I-tunes model, where a song costs 99 cents. But I think that the I-tunes model doesn't quite work here. I-tunes doesn't allow musicians to set their own prices. They are currently controlling the market. I bet if musicians could set their own prices, they would not all sell their songs for 99 cents.
And in the case where there is more freedom, like with authors, it's more likely that a tier system will come into play. Debut or certain types of books will run for 99 cents, while more established authors, certain types of other books will be priced higher.
Regardless, we currently have the freedom to price our books the way we want. And if our books are good, people will buy them.