I read a lot of different blogs about ebooks, writing, self-publishing, the publishing industry in general, etc. and there are several that are quite popular. Kristine Kathryn Rusch on anything to do with the business side of being an author; Dean Wesley Smith, her husband, on churning out new copy and generating revenue; Konrath et al on the wild west of self-publishing; ThePassiveVoice on an overview of just about everything newsworthy (a curation service); and then people like Mike Shatzkin if you want the view of big publishing. None of those descriptions are entirely fair, they’re not one-trick ponies, but Shatzkin often is on the opening tail of self-publishing as a viable business model. So it was interesting to see him last September talking about pricing with a bit more “indie-cred” than he would normally show (eBook pricing resembles three dimensional chess):
There are some really good points in there, and the article is decent overall. I think if he had written it 3 years ago, it would have been considered cutting-edge; after all, indie authors have been doing this for years. Konrath and Smith have written about their experiences playing with price points, as have lots of other authors.
But seeing Shatzkin suggest big publishers do it too is unusual, and worthy of sharing.