What price do you pay for childrens books ?
What is the most you would pay for a childrens story book for your children ?
I'm not sure. If it's for my infant, then just under $10 for a board book so he can chew on it. If the book is for my daughter, who's 13, then upwards of twenty or thirty. And the same goes for my 17 year old as well. We're a big book family.
When my children were small we were really hard up, but books were always important to us, so we borrowed lots from the library and we bought really cheap second hand books in charity shops.
Now I often buy new books for relatives' children for xmas and birthdays and happily pay up to £10 (GBP) for a good book. Bear in mind that children grow out of most books quite quickly, but they will often get passed on to younger relatives and friends, or charity shops where they will get a new lease of life.
It depends on the quality of the book, the child's interest and the ability of the child to respect the book. If you are asking for the sake of knowing what to charge for your book, I'll tell you an experience.
My partner and I were looking for a possible publisher or producer of our book and found a local one who does mostly nature-themed books. He wasn't interested in taking on our project, but he did answer a lot of questions for us.
One of our questions was about how much should we charge for our book. He told us he would put the retail price at about $9.95. (USD) We thought that might have been a little high, but he said that people who buy books for children-- especially grandparents-- were usually willing to pay a little more than they would for another kind of book.
Also, he said, that you can't really raise a price once it is set, but you can always cut it. Also a little higher price will give you some leeway to offer it to resellers at a wholesale price and still make a little profit.
He was right. And it was one of the most valuable bits of advice we got anywhere.
As a teacher, it is not uncommon to pay $25 or more for a sound educational storybook which can be used as a springboard for lesson planning. I have paid as much as $32 for a storybook from a well-known author to use in the classroom.
As a parent, I understand the value of books of all types and levels. I often bought books as those calming gifts to balance the wild and crazy gifts. I typically looked for books under $10.
As a grandparent, price is not as important as the child's tastes. If you keep it under $10 though you will likely sell more books. When you are a "known" author....it won't matter.
Good Luck and God Bless!
If it was a beautifully illustrated book that I know would get a lot of use in my family I would be willing to pay $15 but this is about the top price I can afford. Usually, though, I buy books at a resale shop and they are under $5.
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