We’re living in a time of record-breaking ebook sales, but the average price is still dropping every month, according to a new study from ebook search giant Amazon.
The study analyzed the average pricing of ebooks across the entire Amazon ecosystem in order to highlight the differences between eBook subscription and free-to-read titles.
“It is difficult to get your head around what is and isn’t an eBook subscription,” said author and author of the study, Matt Smith.
“The majority of ebook purchases are going to free books that you buy for the purpose of reading.
This is a problem.
Free books are a waste of money and a waste in the eyes of consumers.”
The study also noted that the majority of the books surveyed were nonfiction, so it’s important to understand what type of books are being purchased.
“While many nonfiction books are written by authors with high success rates, many of these titles are also being sold by e-commerce websites for a fraction of the price,” Smith said.
“We found that in the past six months, we’ve seen an increase in sales for titles that were already popular, but that have seen less growth than those that had been published previously.”
While it’s true that more books have been released in the last six months than in the previous six months in the same categories, the study noted that those books aren’t necessarily being sold at the same price.
In other words, they’re still cheaper than free books.
And, as the study found, free-marketeers are still buying nonfiction.
“If you look at the average prices of nonfiction titles, they are still being sold for about the same prices,” Smith added.
“You’re still paying for the same content, the same authors, the authors of similar titles.”
So, if you’re looking for something to read for free, you might want to consider a paid book instead.
The next time you’re on Amazon’s platform, try looking for a free eBook.
If you want to buy a book on your Kindle for a small price, you can sign up for a paid version.
If not, you’ll be able to choose between a paid and a free ebook.
If your Kindle isn’t set up to handle paid books, you’re going to need to find one.
And if you want something that can handle paid ebooks, consider purchasing a free Kindle, as you’ll have the option to do so in the future.
“This is one of the few things we’ve been able to identify that we have not been able at this point to do for any of the other services,” said James D. Thompson, chief marketing officer at the company.
“And I think that is an important thing to take note of, as well.”