|02-18-2010, 11:47 AM||#1|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Why doesn't the price of an E-book reflect the price of a paperback book?
What do you think?
High price when the book is released, but then the price is lowered when the paperback is introduced. publishers whine all the time that e-books cannibalize the sale of their hard cover versions, why don't they make a hard cover ebook and a paperback ebook?
I'm getting sick when I see I'm paying let's say 9.99 for an e-book when I can buy the paper book for 7.99 (shipping included).
|02-18-2010, 11:52 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2008
Device: Galaxy Nexus
I can't decide whether it's because most publishers hate e-books and want to discourage people from buying them, or because a lot of publicity has been given to the increasing demand for ebooks, so they think we'll pay through the nose for them.
Of course, the two are not mutually exclusive.
|02-18-2010, 11:54 AM||#3|
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Portland, OR
Device: Boox PB360 etc etc etc
i can't decide whether the most recent thread on e-book pricing was 3 days ago or 4 days ago
|02-18-2010, 06:08 PM||#4|
Join Date: Jul 2009
Device: Sony 505
Wah. Then don't open those threads. The title made it pretty clear what it was about.
On-topic, at least when I spend $7.99 on a paperback book, it's actually MINE. And I can read it and lend it to a friend. Heck, I can even (gasp!) give it away to someone. Or donate it to the jail for common criminals to read. When I spend $9.99 on the e-book, I'm just licensing the rights to read it myself. I'm not sure it's even technically legal to discuss the book with my wife over dinner.
Gotta love the digital publishing frontier.
|02-18-2010, 06:15 PM||#5|
Join Date: May 2007
Device: iRex iLiad, DR800SG
The answer to the question though, is greed. When their costs are lower but the prices are higher, there's not much mystery involved in what's going on.
|02-19-2010, 07:31 AM||#7|
The Dank Side of the Moon
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Denver, CO
Device: Kindle2; Galaxy SIII; Xoom; Kindle Fire
|02-24-2010, 12:44 PM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
Device: Sony Reader PRS-650 & 505 & 500
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