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Old 01-14-2013, 01:03 PM   #16
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Drat - not on Amazon UK .
I do not see them on Amazon from Sweden. Are they available in Amazon from the US?
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Are they available in Amazon from the US?
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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss...tal-text%2C250

Looks like they are all either $11.99 or $7.99 depending on the title.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #18
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All 21 Travis McGee books are now on my watch list. My yellowed paperback copies have print far too small for me to read now. I'll wait to re-read the series in order when the price per book drops below $9.

I hope the publisher will drop The Deep Blue Good-By (#1) to a persuasive price to get us 'in-order' obsessives started.

I've paid up to $16 for new books from favorite living authors since I don't mind doing my bit to keep them writing. But $8 or so is the limit for dead authors whose books I've already read at least once.
This is a sadly under-rated problem with printed books, the way the print shrinks over time.
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This is a sadly under-rated problem with printed books, the way the print shrinks over time.
Too true.
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These ebooks aren't in my library's digital collection, but they're available in OverDrive for library patrons to recommend for purchase.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:29 PM   #21
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When I saw this announcement I immediately went over to B&N to buy the whole bunch... Til I saw the ridiculous price. When the publisher or whoever sets these prices decides they'd rather sell a bunch of these at $2.99, I'll buy them all. Til then, nope.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:03 AM   #22
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When I saw this announcement I immediately went over to B&N to buy the whole bunch... Til I saw the ridiculous price. When the publisher or whoever sets these prices decides they'd rather sell a bunch of these at $2.99, I'll buy them all. Til then, nope.
Same here. I've always felt that there is too much risk in buying PopFiction that old. In that will the books hold up, seem kinda silly, etc. For some odd reason, in my mind, serious literature isn't harmed by dated and outmoded conventions. But in pop fiction, it seems really obnoxious.
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Old 01-18-2013, 01:29 AM   #23
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When I saw this announcement I immediately went over to B&N to buy the whole bunch... Til I saw the ridiculous price. When the publisher or whoever sets these prices decides they'd rather sell a bunch of these at $2.99, I'll buy them all. Til then, nope.
That's a completely unrealistic price. Do you really place such a low value on books?
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That's a completely unrealistic price. Do you really place such a low value on books?
In terms of literary value, no.

In relative terms compared to the value I place on other living expenses (like food, mortgage, college for the kids, gas for my 10 year old minivan, etc.) -- sadly, yes.

I would also be in the market for several of these right off the bat, perhaps all of them eventually, at up to $3.99 each. As it is, there are many more books out there of equal literary value that cost a lot less and that I will be just as happy reading.
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That's a completely unrealistic price. Do you really place such a low value on books?
I've gotta go with the, 'wait for a lower price' idea. I mean, I don't HAVE to have them in MOBI format and I've already got almost every one of them in paperback. Plus, the idea of reading a physical book is not TOTALLY abhorrent to me . . . .

Much like the 'Deathlands' series. Fun, escapist, post-apocaylpse read, not serious reading matter. Have a bunch of them in paperback, would not pay $10-12 a pop to have them in MOBI!

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That's a completely unrealistic price. Do you really place such a low value on books?
It's not unrealistic at all. These books are 40-50 years old, they are hardly hefty tomes, and the author is no longer alive. I would argue that charging $12-$13 a pop on the publisher's part is highly unrealistic. I don't have a problem with that price range for new releases, but for reissues of musty old stuff, c'mon! I want to read this series, but I can be patient. If the first book doesn't sell much at the current $11.99 price, they'll be forced to consider reducing. Simple supply & demand.

By comparison, I recently pick up the new ebook reissue of the 20th century classic novel The Magus by John Fowles & it was $7.59. Now that is very reasonable for a reissue. It came out at about the same time as the Travis Mcgee series (the sixties) and is easily 3-4 times the length. I'm enjoying it immensely. It is now $2.99 on amazon. So $2.99 is definitely realistic. It's just some authors & publishers overrate the value of their works.
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I read The Magus long ago and loved it, as I did everything by John Fowles. Unfortunately, the Kindle price is now $8.89. As much as I would like to reread it, I have too many other good reads on my TBR list for that kind of splurge. I could not have resisted buying it at $2.99.
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I read The Magus long ago and loved it, as I did everything by John Fowles. Unfortunately, the Kindle price is now $8.89. As much as I would like to reread it, I have too many other good reads on my TBR list for that kind of splurge. I could not have resisted buying it at $2.99.
Ah too bad, it was $2.99 for at least a week. I was maybe a bit disgruntled that the price dropped after I bought it, but didn't really begrudge the $7.59. I probably would have paid almost any price since I read The Magus 15 years ago & was spellbound and was excited to read it again as soon as the ebook was available. I don't mind paying $11-$13 for recently released ebooks I want to read now. But I agree, if it's not something I'm dying to read right away, then my personal threshold to "stockpile" for reading at some later date is probably $4 or less, particularly for older titles.

I'll put them on an amazon reminder list, and also someone here recommended the ereader IQ website which tracks amazon prices and will email you if it drops to a price you specify. It seems good although I haven't actually received any emails in the couple weeks I've used it.

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That's a completely unrealistic price. Do you really place such a low value on books?
I agree that $2.99 is unrealistic for Travis, Meyer, and the Busted Flush. Loved them! (And for any Callahan fans, if you missed Callahan's Key, by Spider Robinson, don't; lovely interesting crossover). I do think that the high price is, flatly, too high. I'd have thought, had I been asked, that $5.99 would have been a much better price point, particularly to intro Travis to two entirely new generations.

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Thanks for the tip on their availability. I haven't read them all, but my Dad read them, and I sneaked a few of them off his shelf when I was a kid.

I'm in the middle on the pricing. I can't see pricing them at $3, but $12 for some of these is too steep for me. I buy mainly from B&N, and the ones over $8 sit in my Nook wish list indefinitely, while the ones less than that, I end up buying. I've got 25 or so titles sitting in the B&N wish list now, all over $8 - I hope B&N is watching

At $8, I'll cherry-pick, at $5 I'd probably buy them all.
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