I was double-checking some of my listings for upcoming new releases tonight and doing a little pre-ordering when I saw something that made me scratch my head a bit. Tell me if I am being weird or just plain cheap, but one of the listings made me do a double take (and then some). I really enjoy the Kendra Donovan mysteries from author Julie McElwain – think time traveling police procedural romance – and I have the first two books both in hardcover and e-format. But when I went to order the third book, Caught in Time, I was hit with sticker shock.
On the Canadian version of Amazon, Caught in Time is $34.95 for the hardcover (which is pretty much the norm now). But the Kindle version? It’s $23.79. TWENTY THREE SEVENTY NINE freakin’ bucks. I am used to paying in the 15 or 16 dollar Canadian range for a new release that is offered in hardcover, but I have never seen one that high. It is over $18 on the US Amazon site, too, but it works out about the same when you consider the exchange rate. Wow.
Of course, the author has absolutely no control over pricing, so I am not throwing any jabs at Julie McElwain at all. It just seems a shame that some people might be turned away from picking up a good book by that kind of price tag. Me? I will pick up either the hardcover or the kindle copy this time around, but not both (and I always get both for series where hardcover is an option). Even though I drop money like crazy, I can’t justify spending $60 on them. I guess I really do have my limits.
So, am I weird? I don’t usually pay attention to pricing all that much, but this one really jumped out at me. What is your spending max for an e-format book?