The Heart Of Texas is a typical print book… It is 80,000 + words and has a beautiful cover made by the awesome Meredith Russell.
It is on my bookshelf along side the 30 odd other print books I have out, including ones from Totally Bound and eXtasy. I have issues, a LOT of issues with how e-books are priced and I could ramble for days about $5 for a 30,000 word book… or the fact that if you don't sell a book for $2.99 you get screwed with percentages by Amazon. But I think I will save that for another day.
Back to Texas 1, and the gorgeous sexy print book. It has prices set by Love Lane Books as follows
US – $13.99
UK – £10.00
Euro – 11.99
It would be very cool to earn this every time I sell a paperback, but unfortunately I dont… ROFL
Taking the US price as an example.
Books from Love Lane Books are POD, or Print on Demand. This means if you buy it, a request goes to this company CreateSpace and they print one specially for that order. I only sell maybe 30 paperbacks a month and I am not a book shop with stock so POD is the only way to go.
To print the book on demand costs $10.22, then Create Space take their cut.
Therefore on a $13.99 book I will make $2.26 per Heart Of Texas sold. I think I have now made enough from this print book to cover the cost of cover art and the formatting time. I wish I could say the same for some of my other print books… BUT… they sure look shiny on my shelf!
If you're interested, my biggest selling paperbacks are the Texas series, Sanctuary series, New York Christmas and The Christmas Throwaway…
Would you buy more print books if they were cheaper to own, or are you 100% kindle based?