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Our May author interviews: Marla Cooper-5/3, Rhys Bowen-5/10, Cindy Brown-5/17, Martha Reed-5/24, Sherry Harris--5/31.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in May--Paty Jager-5/6 and Maren Anderson-5/13. WWK Saturday bloggers write on 5/20--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 5/27--Kait Carson. E. B. Davis blogs this month on 5/30.


“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.”

In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on October, 18, 2017. Look for the interview by E. B. Davis here on that date!

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Online Book Pricing


In previous posts, I wondered about how Amazon priced my bridge book and followed how Barnes & Noble and Amazon chose to price Catherine Coulter’s Backfire. Since then, we had the e-book pricing suit settlement, after which publishers lost the right to require specific e-book prices. I wondered at the time how that would affect e-book pricing. I thought it would bring prices down (a boon for consumers) and there would be more pricing competition (also a boon for consumers.)

I chose to follow Michael Connelly’s Black Box for five and a half months, which includes six-weeks before the hardcover release.

E-book Pricing

Let’s start with e-book pricing. When I monitored Coulter’s Backfire, both Amazon and B&N carried the e-book at $12.99. The price did not vary from that list price on a single day. The chart below shows some changes in pricing philosophy subsequent to the suit. As I am writing this blog, Backfire is still selling for $12.99. Black Box has varied from a pre-publication high of $14.99 to a few day low of $7.50 and as of this writing rests at $7.99

Figure 1 Black Box E-Book Prices


The two “competitors” acted almost in lock-step as they moved the price of the e-books on a daily basis. The only difference was one day in February when B&N held a $12.74 price a day longer than Amazon. [In fact it could have been more or less than 24 hours, since I only checked prices on a daily basis, usually first thing in the morning.]

Hardback Pricing

Pricing on the hardback edition has been a bit more volatile. Amazon has priced the book as low or lower than B&N, with the interesting exception of a few days in February when Amazon appears to be chasing B&N down and not quite catching them.

Notice that the pre-publication price was considerably higher than the price once the book was available. Apparently the retailers have determined that an author’s fans will pay more to be first in line. Since the words don’t change and I have more books to read than time to read, I’ll not be caught paying pre-listing prices.

Figure 2 Black Box Hard Cover Pricing



For the better part of a month, B&N has priced the hard cover edition at $15.21 and Amazon at $15.22 – so rush on over to B&N and get that $.01 savings.

Paperback Pricing

The paperback edition came out about a month after the hardback release.
Figure 3 Black Box Paperback Prices



Other than the dope-smoking episode B&N engaged in the second week of February, which was a relapse of their initial pricing decision, the two have danced a dance of “can you top this?” It appears B&N has taken the lead and Amazon has been the follower.

In my blog Whither Barnes & Noble I predicted the demise of B&N unless they changed their focus. Based on this sample of one, they have not. In the blog I suggested B&N should become THE place for readers to learn about books and authors. Had B&N followed the logic of my blog, they would have been the one buying Goodreads. Instead Amazon has snapped them up. I see nothing from Barnes & Noble to change my prediction of their demise.

And based on this limited sample of one e-book, pricing in e-books is still not being done in the same competitive way hardcover and paperbacks are. Simply look at the pricing volatility for paperbacks and hardcovers compared to the stability of e-books.

I’ve seen this same thing with the pricing of my novel Bad Policy. It’s been available less than a month, but the paperback price fluctuates frequently and the e-book pricing is constant. As Smoky Robinson sang, “My mother told me, you better shop around.”

~ Jim

3 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

When it comes to books, I don't shop around. If I can get a book through the library, I do. If I want an ebook, I have a Kindle, and although I know I could buy another format through Smashwords or another vendor, I have one-click buying at Amazon, which is soooo easy. For a few pennies difference, I don't bother.

That being said, if an author posts that a book I want to read has been discounted or momentarily free, I go right in and buy it to save the money. Between those give-aways and my library reading (ebook borrowing too), I figure I've save enough not to comparison shop every time I want a book. My time is valuable too.

Gloria Alden said...

I don't comparison shop,either. Well,if I need a book for one of my book clubs, I check with a local used book store first, then the two libraries I use. If I can't get them in either place, or I know it's a book I'll love and want to keep, I order from Amazon. I would shop at a brick and mortar store if they had one closer. There is a Books a Million store, but there selection isn't all that great in my opinion.

Marilynn Larew said...

There may be a reason why B&N is not doing so well. I usually buy at Amazon, but I have some gift cards, so I began trying to spend them.

Every time I put a book in my basket, the number came up 2 instead of 1 on the checkout page. There is no link to click to change that. I tried various books o various days, and the problem persisted.

I called the help desk, and the young man didn't seem to understand the problem. I sent an email and got a number to call. There it stands. I have the gift cards and not the time to deal with the problem.

I've always found the B&N website hard to navigate anyway, so it's back to Amazon while I figure this out.