Originally Posted by JSWolf
What we need are pricing structures...
It's an interesting concept, but rigid pricing falls apart when books aren't the same size. Do you expect people to want to pay the same for a 200-page book as for a 600-page book? Even CDs can greatly vary among the number of songs on them (40 minutes to an hour for a single CD)... should they cost the same?
Pricing structures may be okay, but better to be loosely based on percentages, for instance: Paperback priced at 50% of hardback cost; Out of print priced at 25%; E-book at 20%; etc.
I see this as being too democratizing for profiteers, though: Why should Joe Blow's book cost the same as Joe Famous' book? In the end, publishers probably wouldn't go for it.