First caught by Joel Friedlander, aka The Book Designer, Bookbaby's new pricing schedule statrts at $299. Ths Calif.-based distributor is dropping both of their lower service plans, including both the free plan and the $99 plan (each also charged a commission), and raising the price of their $249 plan.
Bookbaby's distribution service now costs $299 (on sale for $199 until the end of January). That is a rather steep fee when compared to commission based services like Smashwords or Draft2Digital, or even other fee-based services like eBookPartnership, which charges $50 a year.
Besides the fact that all of the ebook distributors charge in some way, I think it would be wrong to conclude that today's news shows that the commission model doesn't work. Bookbaby has found after offering it for a year that the model doesn't work for them, but it still seems to work for Smashwords.
Just about the only conclusion I would draw from today's news is that Bookbaby looked at their customer base and decided to focus on the most valuable and higher paying customers.
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