High prices seem to be common in the self-help/inspirational field, and also with books from self-publishing companies that dictate high cover prices to ensure high profits.
Some of my previous posts about high prices:
- http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-author-says-his-book-is-perfect-i.html (58 printed pages for $20, or $10 ebook)
- http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/landmark-day-westbow-press-releases-its.html ($39.95 hardcover version of an overpriced $24.95 paperback)
- http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/one-book-page-can-cost-little-over.html (the high cost of adding one page to a book)
- http://bookmakingblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/price-and-pride-how-much-is-your-book.html (expensive books from newbie authors compared to similar books from established authors)
The book has just 50 pages. That's more like a pamphlet or a magazine article -- not a book, but the paperback is priced at $9.95 and the ebook at $6.95.
Those are HIGH prices for a first-book by an unknown author. Maybe Pierre De Coene is revealing the secret to eternal life, eternal bliss, fat-free pizza or eight-hour orgasm -- or maybe not. I won't pay more than $4.99 to find out.
There are plenty of informative and entertaining ebooks available at prices from 99 cents to $4.99. (I make much more money each month from the $4.99-list-price ebook version of my Stories I'd Tell My Children (but maybe not until they're adults) than I do from the more expensive paperback and hardcover editions.)