Things have been pretty quiet at the Community Pricing page for the last 10 months. While Pre-Pubs have been coming out at a very rapid rate, Community Pricing titles have been few and far between. Only two new titles were put up between August and May. In September we added James Bannerman’s two volume The Church of Christ. Then in February Gustav Oehler’s Theology of the Old Testament appeared.
But things are about to start picking back up. We have plans to add a new Community Pricing title at the beginning of every week for at least the next couple of months, and if the response is good, we’ll try to continue at that pace. Last week we added Herman Bavinck’s The Philosophy of Revelation, this week J. Armitage Robinson’s classic commentary St. Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians.
Here are the other titles you’ll find there:
- Ellicott’s St. Paul’s Epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon
- Ellicott’s The Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul
- Westcott’s A General View of the History of the English Bible
- Dabney’s Sacred Rhetoric
- Oxford’s The New Testament in the Apostolic Fathers
- Hengstenberg’s Commentary on the Psalms (3 Vols.)
- John J. Owen’s Commentary on Matthew and Mark
- John J. Owen’s Commentary on Luke
- Deissmann’s Bible Studies
- Alford’s The New Testament for English Readers
- Barnes’ Notes on the Old and New Testaments
What Are the Benefits?
Community Pricing is a wonderful way for you to add solid, hard-to-obtain public domain titles to your library at incredibly low prices. Many of the books that appear on Community Pricing are out of print, and often finding used copies at reasonable prices is close to impossible. The goal of Community Pricing is to make these classics available again in a much more useful format and offer you substantial savings off the print prices.
The best part about Community Pricing is that you get to set the price. If the majority of people think that a given title should go for $5 and enough people bid on it at that price, that’s what the price will be! There have been some phenomenal deals in the past—like the 15 volume R. A. Torrey Collection, which went for the outrageously low $15—and there are many more deals waiting to be had.
How Does It Work?
It’s pretty simple. We estimate the cost of production for an individual book or collection (e.g., $2500), and a graph is generated with a range of prices (e.g., $2-$20). You place a bid (i.e., pre-order) at the highest price you are willing to pay by clicking on the dollar amount. (You need to be logged in with your credit card information saved in My Account.) Once there are enough pre-orders to cover the production costs at a certain price, the title will remain on Community Pricing for up to another week (until noon PST the next Friday), giving you the opportunity to drive the price down even further, which is often what happens.
Ellicott’s The Pastoral Epistles of St. Paul will probably be a great example of this. On Wednesday it crossed the 100% line at $7. If enough people jump on board before noon today, it could go even lower and cross at $6. If you haven’t already, go place your bid and see if you can make it hit the $6 mark.
After a title closes on Community Pricing, it will then move over to the Pre-Pub page at a higher price, and production will begin. Once production is complete and it is ready to ship, you will be charged the very low Community Pricing price and be notified that your title is ready to be downloaded. (Don’t worry. You’ll also be notified about a week or two prior to this so you can prepare for the charge.)
How Can You Help?
The more people who use Community Pricing, the lower the prices will go. If a collection costs us $10,000 to produce, those costs can be covered with 100 $100 bids, 1000 $10 bids, or 10,000 $1 bids. We get our costs covered one way or the other, but obviously the last option is in your best interest. It’s possible that eventually books could go for as low as $1 or $2. There are three simple things you can do to help make that happen:
- Place pre-orders for all the titles you want.
- Spread the word to others and encourage them to use the Community Pricing program.
- Send your public domain suggestions to suggestlogos.com, and we’ll do our best to add them.
To read more about Community Pricing, check out these previous blog posts:
- Step Right This Way for the World’s Best Book Bargains
- Bob Talks About Pre-Pubs and Community Pricing
- How Much Do You Want to Pay?
- If You Can’t Afford a Quarter
Update: As of 8:23 AM PST it has crossed the 100% line at the $6 mark!