It has occurred to me, since starting up with Smashwords, that the consumer is being ripped off.
Smashwords is good, they let the author list their own price. I've always operated under the premise that if the writing is good, it will eventually get read.
But when I go to Kobo, Sony and Amazon and see the prices of their e-books...I am left cold. A lot of their prices are too high. Where's the overhead? The cost of production runs? The distribution fees? If the author is getting the lion's share of the price, maybe...However, somehow I doubt this is happening.
In my opinion, no ebook should be listed for more than $4.99. And I think Internet culture shouldn't tolerate higher prices. I'm all for being rewarded for work hard done, but when an e-book is close in cost to a soft-cover version of the same book...
I'm interested in hearing any thoughts on this.