Quick Question About Paperback Prices

So, I’m doing a last minute thing because I’m scratching my head.  It’s involves the pricing for my paperback books on Amazon.

I was hoping to keep them around $10-$12, but some are proving to be bigger than I expected even with formatting.  I should have seen that coming.  I was going to head for $15, which worked at first.  Then, I ran into a problem.

Amazon has this 40% thing where you can have your books at non-Amazon stores.  I clicked on that for the books I’ve formatted so far, but I realized it forces the price to jump up to about $17-$18.  That’s with me only getting a couple cents in royalties from that 40% option.  People may know where my question is going.

Should I bother doing this extra option?  It’s forcing me to jack up the price and I don’t think anyone is going to be ordering my stuff on anything other than Amazon.  So, what’s the point?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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11 Responses to Quick Question About Paperback Prices

  1. So what’s the point indeed


  2. $15 to $17 is a reasonable price for trade paper these days.

    For myself, I don’t want Amazon selling through anything but Amazon. Their platform is so dominant, they don’t need their fingers in the rest of my sales.

    I have representation in other formats (Kobo/Nook and etc) through Books2Read and that brings me a few sales each year.


    • Good points. Unfortunately, I hit a major snag. Starting at Book 4 of ‘Legends of Windemere’, Amazon starts hating my covers. It’s when they got changed from having the black border to being a full picture with the title and my name on top. Looked really good. Amazon’s system seems to think the text is obscured (Timoran’s head covers a bit of the ‘DS’ of Legends) and that the words are illegible (a little white on white, but not noticeable on a book cover). Been fighting all afternoon to see if I can change it up. Rather nervous because I emailed Amazon about the issue and resubmitted Book 4. I also submitted Book 5 prior to that. Now, the review is taking a really long time while it was within an hour yesterday and this morning.

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  3. My first one had color photos in it, which made it awesome looking, but for such a small book, it put the price at about $18. Which is a lot.


  4. V.M.Sang says:

    I’d leave it with Amazon, I think. You don’t want your sales hit. It’s another ploy by Amazon, methinks, to become a monopoly. Never a good thing, but we have little choice but to use them if we want to sell any books.


  5. This is the main reason I’ve never offered anything but ebooks. I’d love to have audio or even graphic novels, but they cost too damned much to get into. I haven’t bought a paperback in over a decade and assume there are a lot of folks just like me. Let’s say they do okay and I sell a dozen. The +/- $20 in royalties still doesn’t make it worth the effort.


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