I noticed that. 15% of an ebook is highway robbery. I bought your first one used but like new for .91 plus shipping came to 4 bucks. Now I would have bought it for 9.99 because I like to see the author get theirs. Sometime these people cant see the forest for the trees.
Strangely enough, experience has shown that the people who want the books don't mind the cost. For me, the tradepaper option -- so often touted as a sales-producer -- was not all that good. A significant number of serious readers attach value to hc editions and complained to me.
There are 2 things I don't understand about the valuation of ebooks:
1. It costs so much less to produce. Wouldn't approx. half the print price be enough to be profitable for the publisher and still pay the writer about the same as they'd make on the print book?
2. Ebooks can't be shared (unless you lend someone your Kindle, or swap Kindles with a friend). A print book can be read and shared and passed around until it falls apart; the ebooks won't be read as many times, so they wouldn't be worth as much to the buyer.
I'm new to this business, so please tell me why I'm wrong. But my thinking is that if print books are between $10-$30 on average, ebooks could range between $5-$10 and be just as lucrative for both publishers and authors.
Did this get off-topic? Anyway, I read "The Maltese Falcon" almost every year and each time I'm blown away. I despair that I'll ever be able to write in this genre. Even so, I think my sequel to BLEEDER, titled VIPER, kicks butt. I hope the editor thinks so.
Off subject?... I reread TMF several years ago and although its a classic I was disappointed. It started fine but after that most of the novel took place in Sam Spades hotel room. Rating it today I would only give it three stars. I think in this case the novel has been carried by the movie and the supreme performances by Humphrey Bogart Peter Lorre Sidney Greenstreet? and all.