Yeah, I’m coming onto this one a little late, but wanted to respond to the pricing of tutorials.
At first glance, it may seem that pricing is a bit low, but then think about it.
I am a writer myself and work with many writers. We may well get a nice large sum for a one-off article, especially if we pass over the copyright as part of the deal.
However, sell 100 copies of a $5 tutorial, and you can earn yourself $250, plus you retain the copyright.
Think about an author, working for months, possibly years, on a 50,000-150,000 word book. If it sells for $5, they may be lucky to get $1 of this, and these days, most authors have to do their own marketing.
Wow, blast from the past?!
WP3 , I’m not entirely sure about your book comparison, I don’t quite understand it to be honest.
Firstly, 50.000 words barely counts as a book, if we are talking about “real” published books. Sure, you did mark it as a low number, but it still sounds a bit small to me.
Second, you can’t really compare different mediums.
Third, if you sell a book, you don’t sell it for $5. In fact, most books on Tuts+ sell for anywhere between $5-$60. (only 4 books selling for less than $10, and the average price is $21.6 (7 times bigger than most $3 selling tutorials)). And I don’t quite understand why you’d only make 1 dollar selling a 5 dollar book. Are we still talking about marketplaces?
The only thing that bothers me about the pricing on the Tuts+ Marketplace, is that the pricing fluctuates so much depending on the medium (it seems anything relating to coding is priced higher).