Question: How Much Do Books Cost?

If your book is a 375-page novel, it’s reasonable to ask $16.95 for it.

Most average-sized trade paperback novels fall into the $13.95 to $17.95 price range.

That being said, this range is true for most books—always do the research into comparable books and price your book accordingly.

How much does a hardcover book cost?

It does seem hard to believe that a children’s book should cost so much. But $18 is a typical list price for a picture book or a middle-grade novel. Surprisingly, little of that consists of profit for the publisher. . . . On average, the publisher receives only $9, or perhaps a little less.

How much does university books cost?

College textbooks cost too much—and something needs to be done about it, according to a report from the advocacy group U.S. PIRG. The College Board estimates that the average student in this country spends around $1,200 a year on books and supplies. A single book can cost as much as $200.

How much do authors make per book?

A typical book author barely makes more than minimum wage. You receive an advance and 10% royalties on net profit from each book. If your book retails at $25 per copy, you would need to sell at least 4,000 copies to break even on a $5,000 advance.

How much should I budget for college books?

You are already spending a small fortune on college. Plan to sit down before reading the next sentence. The College Board reports that between course materials and textbooks, students can expect to spend at least $1,200 in 2017-2018 and between $1,240-$1,440 for the 2018-2019 academic year.