What are the costs involved with producing a good book?
- It starts with the author… who may have their book edited and proofread.
- The finished text will then need to be formatted correctly (for print or e-books).
- The author or publisher may then enlist the help of a cover artist.
- For print – there are the issues of physically making the book; printing and binding, then distributing it to retail outlets.
- When a book is sold… some of the profit will go to the retailer, some to tax, the rest to the publisher and author.
Ok, so this is a very generalised view, but the aim is to give some idea in the differences between traditional and e-book publishing. Although the cost of distribution is removed there are still several creative inputs in the process that deserve some recognition.
Traditional fiction books may sell for ~£8 (paperback), but what are you willing to pay for e-books?