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Why are Christian books so expensive?

I love a good book with a good story, and if that book happens to promote Christian morals and standards then I am doubly-happy.  It is therefore, rather distressing that so many good books by Christian authors are priced out of my price-range.

Who is it that set a kindle book at $8 – $15?  Seriously, you can buy paperbacks for that amount of money in the UK.  Other genres don’t have their books priced so high – does this mean that Christians are greedy and money grabbing, or just good business men and women?  Bestselling authors set their prices really high, bleeding their readers dry because they know they will buy regardless of price.  So, does that mean that every Christian author thinks they are a bestselling author?

What on earth is going on?

I can’t set my book at that price; I want as many people as possible to be able to read it, so currently mine is set at $3.99 probably going to $4.99 next year, which I think is a reasonable price for an e-book.  And, 50% of my commission is being donated to Barnabas.

Please let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below, would love to hear what other people think about it.

3 thoughts on “Why are Christian books so expensive?”

  1. I do a few giveaways of my books each year. A few weeks ago 200 were downloaded and only a couple of reviews. I used to price my ebooks low and now I went higher since I want folks to buy the paperback and generally when someone pays for something, they either return it or review it. Amazon keeps changing its policies, which is frustrating. The genre does not matter. Thanks for sharing and best wishes with your book.

    1. As an ebook reader I wish Christian books were cheaper, but I knew people would have different reasons for different prices which is why I asked for comments to find out if I am doing it wrong. I rarely give my books away as I find no one reviews them. Instead I like to do offers – reduced to 0.99 seems to work well with people buying and leaving reviews. It’s hard being an Indie-author which is why I love to blog, tweet and post on FB making author friends to help me muddle on through 🙂 Thanks for chatting with me 🙂

  2. I don’t like to sell myself short for what I write, but I also don’t want to charge a ridiculous amount for my ebooks. So I also usually set them at around three to four dollars, regardless of platform. Unfortunately, it’s tough to get readers there because people are used to the 0.99 cent pricing on the books and tend to go elsewhere for something cheaper if the book is more than that. It’s unfortunate, but people are happy to buy anything that’s under a dollar, even if it isn’t good writing. Sometimes you get lucky and find something that’s really good, but the authors who are good writers often have done enough research to know not to sell more than the first book or two for 0.99 cents, so usually they’re not that great unless it was a temporary sale. Really, it’s just hit and miss regardless of genre.

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