How Much Should I Charge for “The Yii Book”?

October 8, 2012
The Yii Book If you like my writing on the Yii framework, you'll love "The Yii Book"!

I’m hoping to be able to start selling “The Yii Book” in the next couple of weeks. By that time, I should have the introduction plus Part 1 of the book completed. I’ll be selling the book as I write it, and anyone who buys a copy will be able to download the book at that point and get free updates of the book as updates are posted.

The book will initially cover version 1 of┬áthe Yii framework (the current version). When version 2 of the framework comes out (probably production ready in the first half of 2013), I’ll update the book for version 2. If you bought the first version of the book, you’ll be able to get the updated version at no additional cost.

Right now the expectation is for the book to be 26 chapters long, broken into four parts. It will probably be around 500 pages or more. The book will be available in DRM-free PDF and ePub formats.

The question I pose to you is: how much should I charge for the book? There will be a minimum charge (i.e., you cannot pay less than X), but the system will be set to allow readers to pay whatever they want above that. For example, one person has already offered to pay $50 (seriously). And she is the most awesome person in the world. But I’m not going to charge $50. From my perspective, the book is a ton of work, and I have no guarantees of income (especially compared with going the traditional publication route), but I don’t want to gouge readers, either.

Thanks in advance for your input and interest in the book!

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