Originally Posted by bminata
I think it is IMPOSSIBLE for ebooks to cost the same with print books to publishers. Even if the "writing, editing, formatting" costs stay the same, there is no cost for "printing, storing, shipping" ebooks. Distributing ebooks (aka putting in on the ebooks selling websites) might still cost something, but as technology advances this will only go lower.
Not to mention the waste in resources (printing, storing, shipping, materials) with unsold pbooks. If there is a realistic and convincing argument for why any publisher would charge the same amount for an ebook that they do for a pbook, I haven't read it yet. Other than greed and slack-jawed reluctance to change.