Would You Pay Extra for Special Features on eBooks?
In the early days of eBooks, Amazon had been pricing their Kindle versions of novels at $9.99. Publishers were none-too-pleased with this, as they felt it would make the books less valuable. Once Apple began to offer publishers the ability to raise their price points to $14.99, Amazon is now having to go that same route.
Publishers are now looking to sell “enriched” eBooks with special features (like a DVD). Hachette is looking to sell an enriched version of David Baldacci‘s Deliver Us From Evil for a price of $15.99. This will include deleted passages not found in the regular book, research photos, an audio interview with Baldacci and photos of Baldacci writing. Hachette is working alongside Apple to design books for the iPad..
“I want people to have a great experience and give them a behind-the-scenes look at what I do, the way you would have it on a DVD,” Baldacci told AP.
As of now, these features could not be accessed on the more simple Kindle, but only a tablet such as the iPad.