The Svensdotter Omnibus
Is it more convenient to buy an omnibus edition of a series in ebook format? Debatable, in a world of nigh-infinite virtual shelf space. Is it more cost-effective? Aha! That’s the ticket, gentle reader. More books, fewer bucks.
We’ve combined the three volumes of Dana Stabenow’s Star Svensdotter series—Second Star, A Handful of Stars, and Red Planet Run—along with the Mars short story, “No Place Like Home,” into a single title, very attractively priced at $4.99. The first in the series is free/99¢ (depending on the store) so there’s a fair chance that readers who enjoy Second Star will feel confident buying the omnibus edition and saving a bit. Science fiction in particular has a long tradition of publishing two- and three-title collections in one cover, and there are a number of them currently offered as ebooks, so it seems a format readers may welcome.
The mechanics of ebook retail are such that there’s not a lot of merchandising small publishers can do, beyond setting a list price. Omnibus editions allow us to offer readers what is essentially a boxed-set at a discount—in this case, 37% off list. Will they respond? Will the omnibus eat into single-unit sales or attract a different customer entirely? All good questions… this is our first, so we’ll be watching.
About Dana Stabenow
Dana Stabenow is an American author who has produced works in the science fiction, mystery, and suspense/thriller genres. Find her on the web at Stabenow.com.