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Old 01-16-2013, 11:54 PM   #16
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My experience has been the opposite lately; I've been ordering more physical books online rather than buying the ebook versions because the physical books are the same price or cheaper. Apparently having a book printed, bound and then hand delivered to me from 200 miles away is still less costly than delivering me a digital copy.

Maybe I should read more bestsellers, or restrict myself to those rare Kobo books that actually allow a discount code to be used.
Same here. I've been buying nothing but hard copies lately. For the same price or even a tad more I'd rather have a physical item.
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:04 AM   #17
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I just looked up a book, thinking my husband would be interested in it - the new Bart Eherman book on biblical forgeries. They wanted $22 for the *ebook* - nuh-huh, not going to happen.
You could buy the hardback for $39!
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:58 AM   #18
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I've almost never paid $14.99 for a ebook. Not fiction anyways. I try to get them for $8 or $9 plus the 40% off coupon from Kobo.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:00 AM   #19
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I just looked up a book, thinking my husband would be interested in it - the new Bart Eherman book on biblical forgeries. They wanted $22 for the *ebook* - nuh-huh, not going to happen.
Is that like an academic treatise? They are often more expensive since their sales are limited to those with specific interest in the subject.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:51 AM   #20
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If it's an academic or scientific book, it will allways be quite expensive since there are only a few copies of the printed book. You can easilily go to a library and get your copy there if you're interested in such books. That's the reason why libraries exist..
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:13 AM   #21
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My experience has been the opposite lately; I've been ordering more physical books online rather than buying the ebook versions because the physical books are the same price or cheaper. Apparently having a book printed, bound and then hand delivered to me from 200 miles away is still less costly than delivering me a digital copy.

Maybe I should read more bestsellers, or restrict myself to those rare Kobo books that actually allow a discount code to be used.
I don't read the "bestsellers" so their pricing doesn't affect me. But I have found that even though I much prefer to read on my Nook tablet than a print copy, when it comes to nonfiction, I cannot justify paying the price asked for an ebook that I do not own. Consequently, I continue to buy nonfiction in hardcover. And price is not a determining factor when it comes to hardcover purchases (e.g., I recently bought a hardcover for $55 and another for $45). Ownership and ability to lend and resell are important considerations.

However, I also "buy" a lot of ebooks. But my top price is $4.99 and I rarely spend more than $2.99 for an ebook. Of the ebooks I "buy", 90%+ cost zero dollars. Then if I read an ebook by an author and find that I really enjoy the ebook and the ebook's quality, I will then buy subsequent ebooks by the author or in the series at prices up to $4.99.

I see no reason to pay more than that for an ebook.
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:39 AM   #22
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I really have no set limit for nonfiction. It depends on the book. For a lot of nonfiction the paper version works best so I buy that.

For a backlist non-omnibus novel my limit for an ebook is $6.99. Especially if I'm just replacing the paper version since I already bought it once. I might go higher than $10 for a new release if I desperately wanted to read it RIGHT NOW and I hadn't anything else I wanted to read. It hasn't happened yet, but I suppose it might be remotely possible. Right now I'm trying to work through my several hundred already paid for books that I haven't had time to read and only really good prices tempt me to buy now instead of putting them on a wish list to buy later.
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:17 AM   #23
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Is that like an academic treatise? They are often more expensive since their sales are limited to those with specific interest in the subject.
It looks like it. A lot of his books are more "popularizations," but this is apparently more academic.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #24
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On the other hand... As ereaders become cheaper and more alluring to the most casual reader, someone who only reads new releases or a few books a year, price isn't much of an issue.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:46 AM   #25
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I'll believe it when the eBook of Dune (NOOK version) drops to a reasonable price.
Why didn't you buy it in the recent SF Gateway sale? £2.99 - about $5.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:49 AM   #26
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Why didn't you buy it in the recent SF Gateway sale? £2.99 - about $5.
Pretty sure it's a different publisher in the US Harry.
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I just looked up a book, thinking my husband would be interested in it - the new Bart Eherman book on biblical forgeries. They wanted $22 for the *ebook* - nuh-huh, not going to happen.
That's because it's only currently out in hardback. The price will fall when the paperback is released. As a rule, though, non-fiction does tend to be more expensive than fiction. It's a much smaller market.
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Pretty sure it's a different publisher in the US Harry.
It's easy enough to buy UK books from the US if you want to do so.
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I will not pay more than $3.99 for a fiction ebook. That's just my ceiling and I am not going over it. I will pay more for a non-fiction book, however. Since I am reading a lot of non-fiction books about The Civil War and various books on Native Americans this year, I have paid up to $14.99 for some of the Shelby Foote books regarding The Civil War.
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I will not pay more than $3.99 for a fiction ebook. That's just my ceiling and I am not going over it.
It's your personal choice, of course, but that does seem to be placing a very low value on the work involved in writing a book. That's about a third the price of a typical paperback in the UK.
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