Since the advent of the ebook, the one facet that has yet to find a firm footing is ebook pricing.
There are so many factors at play when it comes to price points.
A lot of these involve the book buyer’s perception of value.
From free up to $10.00 is the most favored range.
What is the best ebook price point?
There was a long battle between the major publishers and Amazon to establish a $14.99 price point for traditionally published titles.
But now, it seems that the book industry has settled down in this regard.
However, for self-publishing authors, the price of your book on Amazon is still fluid.
A list price of $2.99 is common.
This is because it is the lowest price you can set to get 70% royalty from Amazon KDP.
But setting a higher price can have a negative effect on selling your book.
Many authors try setting the price at the minimum, which is $0.99.
But at the reduced royalty rate of 35%, you need to sell a lot of ebooks to make any money.
There are many ebook pricing strategies you can try.
But one you might not have considered is the variation in perceived value in different markets.
International differences in ebook pricing
I stumbled across an interesting article on Techcrunch concerning ebook prices, which adds a very surprising element to the perception of value in ebook prices.
In general, ebook buyers in the UK seem to have a totally different value system from buyers in the US.
To put it in a simple context, UK ebook buyers love cheap.
Look at the graphs below for the comparison of the price points that ebooks sell in each market.
You can see that ebooks in the range of 2.99 and 9.99 sell quite well in the US.
But in the UK, ebooks sell in a much lower price range of 1.99 or less.
When it comes to total revenue, again, the US is more even across price points. For the UK ebook market, revenue decreases rapidly as the ebook price increases.
Rethink your ebook pricing strategy
These graphs show clearly that self-publishing authors might want to rethink how they price their ebooks for each market.
US ebook buyers appear to accept a wider price range as good buying value, and even increasing substantially at the $10.00 mark.
But UK ebook buyers seem to have the reluctance to pay much more than £0.99.
Perhaps the UK Amazon Kindle Store could be called the ebook dollar shop.
For most self-published authors, I suppose you set your ebook pricing in $US on KDP.
Then you let the automated system on KDP calculate the price in the various currencies for each of the international Kindle Stores.
However, there is a manual override to this system. You can set your prices differently for currencies and countries.
You can also set your international prices manually on Smashwords, Draft2digital, and Google Play.
Take a look at your price settings, in particular for the UK market.
If you are not selling a lot of ebooks in the UK, the difference in perceived value on either side of the Atlantic may explain why.
Perhaps you could try experimenting with your UK ebook prices to see if it can help boost your sales.
Apart from the US and UK differences, changing your ebook price is always worth considering as part of your book promotion strategy.
If you are enrolled in Amazon KDP Select, your price can affect your perceived value for Kindle Unlimited readers.
A higher-priced ebook will always seem more attractive than a lower price.
You can also consider changing your print book price to make your ebook look like much better value.
If you set your book price at the time you published it and have not changed it since, you might want to reconsider.
Yes, you can offer free ebooks, use Kindle Countdown Deals, or write new blog posts to help your book promotion.
But you want to sell ebooks.
The best way to do that is to make sure that your ebook pricing is attractive to your potential readers.
You might also be interested in how used book pricing works on Amazon. It is quite surprising.