I was shopping for greeting cards at Hallmark a couple of days ago.
It really got me thinking about book prices.
At first, I was thinking, “$3.99 for a greeting card? I have a book that I spent months on selling for $2.99.”
But then I realized that I had paid $3.99 for greeting cards long before I published my first book.
It’s not that greeting prices have gone up so much.
It’s more that book prices have come down so much.
A greeting card is basically a book cover.
So surely if we squeeze a hundred or more pages into that space, it should be worth more… Right?
99-cent books. Think about it. Are these books not even worth as much as a greeting card?
At least, old-fashioned printed greeting cards.
There are many free e-greeting cards.
When print-on-demand greeting cards become popular, I guess those prices will drastically drop, too. At least, if indie p-o-d greeting cards ever become as popular as Kindle e-books.
A more popular comparison is between an e-book and a cup of coffee.
But greeting cards left a stronger impression with me. It’s basically a book cover!
I know, book covers are worth a lot of money. Great book covers often cost $200 to $1000 to make. Even so, those books still often sell for 99 cents to $3.99, much like greeting card prices.
It’s almost like writing a hundred thousand words is worth nothing at all.
(Now just wait until some ‘author’ publishes a fifty-word ‘book’ on Kindle and markets it as a ‘greeting card’ that you can ‘gift’ to friends and family. I hope I didn’t just give anyone a ‘bright’ idea…)
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