Originally Posted by crashed
My main issue with Amazon is real simple, while I don't care for the closed environment, there is one area that boggles and annoys me to no end - ebook pricing.
Now I know this has to do with publishers as well as Amazon, but IF Amazon is the number 1 ebook retailer in the US (world?), then they should help spur ebook adoption faster by helping to push these book prices down considerably.
I'm sorry, but while I like ereading, I just know it's incredibly cheap to produce over a physical book, so why am I paying close if not the exact same pricing of a hard copy?
This is one area at least Apple had the balls to stand up for when it came to the music industry, it helped them by making them lower their pricing to an acceptable level where anyone doesn't mind paying the price for said music, and entering Apple's ecosystem.
Why Amazon doesn't leverage this, is likely the reason why people prefer other devices where maybe they can find or use other stores to hopefully save some cash, ect.
Someone has to get prices down if anyone in the future wants to get ahead in the ebook business.
Amazon WAS promoting and pushing lower prices for eBooks. Then Apple stepped in...
Apple told the publishers that if they wanted to do business with Apple (for the iBooks marketplace) that they would have to terminate Amazon's ability to price things on their own. So that's how the 'Agency Model' was born.
Amazon legally CANNOT push down the prices due to the contracts now in place...thanks to Apple.
So before you say you have an issue with Amazon on that you really should be looking at Apple and the publishers. Amazon's hands are tied on this matter.