I’ve just noticed on Amazon.co.uk that the top five kindle books at the moment are all priced between £0.20 and £0.99. Is this a coincidence or is it the same reason I also bought the number one book (besides it being a QI book) – only 20p, I’m having that!
I’m sure they’re all good books but it also shows that almost giving content away can give a book, or music, momentum in the sales charts. It’s only really been possible thanks to digital media’s lower distribution costs and the benefit is that once people have tried it they’ll tell others about it and maybe they’ll still buy it even if it’s at a higher price later.
The music industry needs to pay attention. It isn’t devaluing, it’s marketing.