Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mad Scientist at Work

After all this schtuff about e-book pricing, I thought I'd run a totally non-scientific experiment:

The buyer can set the price for We are the Monsters when downloaded from Smashwords.

I don't have to run a scientific experiment to act like a scientist, so here's my hypothesis: I won't sell enough copies via Smashwords for accurate data. But you can read the first 50% for free.

(Mwhahahahaha...)

10 comments:

Katey said...

It is an extremely cool experiment, but of course I would think so!

SCIENCE!!!1!1!one!

Aaron Polson said...

Ha! What is life but one big experiment?

Angie said...

Interesting experiment. Let us know how it turns out.

Tony said...

Well, I guess I tossed a monkey wrench into your unscientific data collecting by purchasing a copy via Amazon. Mwa ha ha ha!

Alan W. Davidson said...

Har! The evil doctor is at work. You may be surprised at the results of the experiment.

Danielle Ferries said...

An intriguing experiment. Looking forward to hearing about the results.

Natalie L. Sin said...

It's alive, aliiiive!!

craighallam said...

I reckon that you'll be surprised how people will be confused by an offer of free stuff and will feel obliged to offer some token payment.

I dont often have faith in humanity's higher sense of nobility, so lets hope I'm right, eh?

Craig

Cate Gardner said...

May the experiment prove fruitful.

Simon Kewin said...

Interesting! I've experimented along similar lines with Smashwords in the past and found that it does work, people do pay even if they don't have to. Mind you, I've never sold that many through Smashwords so I'm not sure how good a statistical sample that is.