Thread: E-book prices
View Single Post
Old 08-23-2012, 08:29 AM   #27
spindlegirl
Grand Scheme of Things
spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.spindlegirl ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
spindlegirl's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,238
Karma: 9848175
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Near a Tim Hortons, most likely.
Device: Sony PRS-T2 (Black), K4, Moonreader pro on my LG Nexus 4 phone
Quote:
Originally Posted by fjtorres View Post
Nope. It doesn't hold water.
Just because one can (theoretically) afford to be ripped off daily doesn't mean you enjoy it or should tolerate it.
As I said above, the question is *value*.

eBook readers have a usable, active lifetime measured in years. Books have an active lifetime measured (at most) in days. One is a tangible electronic tool whereas the other is an intangible "experience" which is purely subjective; thus its value is personal and subjective. Enjoyable and convenient as they are, ebooks have no residual value beyond the experience as they can't be (easily or often) loaned nor legally resold. So comparing their value to ebook readers or even hardcovers isn't easily defensible.
Even paperbacks are a stretch...
I agree. This is why format and the objective of the seller makes me critical of the prices.

Our lovely apprentice aside. The objective of the seller for DRM'ed material is that is only readable on their devices. Selling me a real book that outlasts faddish technology? Sure, I'll pay over $10 because I get to keep it even if my Kindle breaks and someone, taking pity on my plight, looks for a "replacement e-reader" to give me as a gift, and buys me a Kobo, without violating the TOS. So the limits and expected longevity determine how much I am willing to pay.

I have blue Jeans that I expect will outlast some e-books, and yes, I am a tightwad on how much I shell out for clothing, too.
spindlegirl is offline   Reply With Quote