I just thought a quick post updating the book pricing might be interesting. A couple posts back, I wrote that Amazon’s ebook price for DARK CITY by F. Paul Wilson was $8.54, more than my arbitrary max for a fiction ebook for myself.
So I waited. I received a ten-dollar gift card from Barnes and Noble for Christmas, and yesterday I went into their store to browse a bit. There was DARK CITY, retail price $8.99. With my 10% member’s discount, it was already down to $8.09, less than the ebook price. Okay, you might say that I already paid for that $0.90 discount with the $25.00 membership fee, and you’d be correct. But then I also had a 20% coupon that came via email that day. When I was not a member of B&N’s program, I rarely received coupons, and almost never received 20% coupons, except maybe at Christmas. Plus, the $25.00 is a “sunk cost” whether I buy the book from Amazon as an ebook or from Barnes and Noble as a trade paperback.
With my 10% and the additional 20%, the cost of the book dropped to $6.47 (plus an 8.75% sales tax). (I also bought remaindered editions of Evanovich’s 19th Stephanie Plum, a Joe Pickett novel from C.J. Box, a Robert Crais novel and a Jeffrey Deaver novel, each at 10% off their already low price, three at $5.98 and one at $6.98, so I got an additional $2.50 off besides the $0.90 on the Wilson title. A total of $5.02 off with the coupon.)
Now watch: I’ll go to Amazon next week and DARK CITY will be $3.99.
UPDATE: I went to the Amazon page to see what the price was today. Instead of it being $8.54, it had gone up to $8.99, the exact same cost as the MMPB. All I can do is shrug…