A member of the RF Working Group has looked at some price changes at Simon & Schuster from last year to this, in light of their new license models.
Here are title/author/2018 1 year license/2019 2 year license/Audiobook 2018 (one copy, one user) and Audiobook 2019 (two year metered). All prices are in U.S. $.
1776 David McCullough $19.99 $19.99 $79.99 $79.99
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane Lisa See $19.99 $59.99 $79.99 $79.99
Screwdrivered Alice Clayton $10.99 $31.99 $79.99 $79.99
Red Scrolls of Magic Cassandra Claire $18.99 $51.99 $89.99 $89.99
Latte Factor David Bach $16.99 $47.99 $59.99 $59.99
The Rosie Project Graeme Simsion $18.99 $55.99 $109.00 $109.00
Gone With the Wind Margaret Mitchell $13.99 $35.99 $71.00 $71.00
Flowers in the Attic V.C. Andrews $12.99 $35.99 $79.99 $79.99
Accidental Sire Molly Harper $8.99 $23.99 Audible only
Driving Mr. Dead (novella) Molly Harper $2.99 $9.99 Audible only
So, audiobook prices have remained the same—looks good, until one factors that a perpetual license is now time bound. Over the years, this represents a major cost increase.
As for the e-book prices, except for the McCullough title, which does seem a bargain, we have the titles for twice as long but at three times the cost. That’s some great deal, S&S. Thanks.