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Old 08-15-2008, 09:24 AM   #1
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eBook pricing: changes on paperback release

eBook pricing is still a complete mess. Publishers just don't seem to be able to cope with it.

The particular book that's caused me to post today is one of a series "Running from the Deity" by Alan Dean Foster.

The hardback and the eBook both came out in 2005. I don't know what the hardback retailed for, but presumably around the $24 mark. The eBook was priced at $17.99.

OK, pretty high, but I can understand it - they want money from people who wanted the book immediately on publication, either in hardback or eBook form. Even Baen do something similar with their eARCs. And who knows - I might even have bought it at that price, if I was following the series really closely.

But the paperback was released in 2006. $7.99. eBook pricing remains unchanged at $17.99. This is just silly.

This year, the Kindle version is released. $7.99.

So why is the general eBook price still unchanged at $17.99? It just doesn't make sense.

This is Random House, but I expect other publishers are equally inept.

Yes, I have sent feedback to Random House directly about this pricing anomaly.

Grrrrrr.... and I'm sure it's losing them other sales, not just the sales to me.

Paul
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