Yes, and yes. You can still buy from Baen, but eBook prices will be $6.99, $8.99, or $9.99. This is linked to the price of the paper editions. If only hardcovers are in print, as with David Weber’s novel A RISING THUNDER, the price is $9.99. If there is a trade paperback in print (a tp of ART goes on sale in Feb.), the price goes down to $8.99. If and when a mass market paperback hits the shelves, the price goes down to $6.99.
I’m a bit conflicted. I’m thrilled that the Baen authors are going to get more visibility from having ebooks on on Amazon, and that author’s royalties will increase. Not quite as thrilled at the price hikes, though. My book budget LOVED being able to buy the $6 ebook the same day the hardcover released. So, yay! and sigh…
I think Baen saw that while they were giving readers a great deal charging only $6.00 an ebook. At the same time they were doing the author’s a disservice denying them the same royalities that other authors were getting for ebooks at other publishers. I believe that they were concerned that they’re authors might jump ship to other publishers for better deals for their better ebook deals.
This deal keeps their authors happy and attracts talented new comers.
From what I’ve read, most publishers are really screwing over authors on e-book royalties. Some of the stories out there are pretty horrifying.
Baen’s direction seems to be pretty much the opposite of what other publishers are doing.
I’ll keep buying from Baen as well, but this will help out all the people who’ve never heard about Baen’s e-book store. I’m sure that, up until now, there were lots of people who’ve been wondering “Gee, why the heck doesn’t Baen publish any e-books?” The downside, of course, is that Baen had to tweak their prices to bring them inline with Amazon, but on the upside, this should be a nice boost in sales for all the authors who write under the Baen imprint.
And hey, if this move gets Larry plenty of sales to keep him happy-happy and well-stocked with guns and B-movies, I kinda have a hunch we’ll be seeing some more books from him ;-)