Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What do e-Books really cost?

We've talked a bit about the myths and misconceptions that swirl around what it costs to produce a book, especially an e-Book.  Many bloggers seem to think that they are or should be free.  (How authors and publishers are supposed to put food on the table producing a free product is rarely discussed.)

The New York Times breaks it down for us.  And based entirely upon my experience on the bookselling end of the publishing paradigm... I think they got it right.  Very interesting for any consumer of books (e-Books or print) and well worth the read.

Published: March 1, 2010

E-books are cheaper to produce than print volumes, but consumers may not realize that expenses like overhead and royalties are still in effect, publishers say.

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