by Raelene Gorlinsky
"Enhanced ebooks" has been a hot topic for some months now. It generally means the text of the book plus various bells and whistles added to the digital file. Things like an interview (text or video) with the author, embedded links to websites of places or things mentioned in the book, more graphics besides just the cover, possibly embedded audio (they sing a song in the story--click here to listen).
But this is not new with ebooks, it's been around forever in print books, especially hardcovers. Limited editions, special editions, collector editions. Take the basic print book and "enhance" it by adding extra material, print it on high-quality paper with a special cover. Maybe include a CD or poster or fancy bookmark or other trinket.
And it seems like most DVD movies we buy have extra material added on.
Of course, all those enhancements, whether for digital or print, take time and money. Which means a higher price for the book. It's worked for some print books where there is a following for that author, enough people who will pay to get the special version. But that is only a very tiny percentage of printed books. And we have yet to see if consumers will pay a higher price for an enhanced ebook. Are all those little extras added onto the story worth a couple extra bucks?
So my questions to you: Would you be willing to pay extra for an enhanced ebook? How much extra--25% more, double the price, what? So if the normal ebook is 9.99, what would you pay for the enhanced version? What factors go into your decision--author, genre, subject matter, what?
Edited to add:
Is there anything that could be added to an ebook that would make you willing to pay more?