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Old 08-14-2008, 06:52 AM   #49
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Ebooks is cheaper to produce
Not completely true. Even without the costs for printing, you still have costs for editing, proofreading, designing, marketing et cetera. Most of the time, the smaller part of the costs for realizing a new publication are printing costs. An additional problem is that there is not one ebook standard (which leads to costly conversion problems) and that you have to upload one ebook to many channels, conforming to different standards, and keeping track of ebook sales through many channels, not even mentioning the amount of work to calculate the royalty's for the author when serving many different channels.
Let's take a book that's out in the book shops as a hardcover edition. The eBook edition is priced close to the hardcover edition. And in some cases actually more expensive. Then the hardcover is released in paperback. The eBook price is supposed to drop accordingly, but doesn't always follow. Then when you ask about it, you get told it's the publishers who set the price and you are stuck either overpaying or not buying at all. What sort of price do you see is reasonable for an eBook that doesn't need to have any of the costs associated with being in paper as being reasonable? If an eBook is cheaper to produce, why don't prices reflect this? Why do we get shafted when it comes to price? Do we have to pay as much (if not more) for an eBook? Those of us who do read eBooks are not second class readers and we do not deserve to be treated as such. If publishers really cared about us, they'd sort out a lot of these problems now.
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