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Old 12-11-2010, 12:05 PM   #1
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Kobo Store Price Increases

What is going on with the prices of many books on the Kobo and Kindle stores? They are now almost the same or more than the actual hardcover sold through Chapters or Amazon.ca

Examples, the first price is for an ebook, the others for hardcovers.

Harperland: Kobo 23.99, Chapters 23.10, Amazon 21.95
Illustrado: Kobo 20.99, Chapters 22.44, Amazon 21.32
The Death of Donna Whalen: Kobo 23.49, Chapters 22.44
Cigar Box Banjo: Kobo 17.39, Chapters 19.80

Admittedly these are extreme examples, and there are still many bestsellers which go for 9.99, but there appears to be an upward trend in ebook prices. I suspect this is the work of the publishers, which leads to me ask what are they thinking? Am I really going to want a particular title so badly that I'll pay 23.49 when there are hundreds of other titles at 9.99 I would be just as happy reading?

Publishers and authors are entitled to price their work as they see fit, but it seems that their pricing is simply to going to lead to lost sales. That is unless every publisher moves to this price structure in the future. It will be interesting to see where ebook prices end up, but it looks like they won't be going down.

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Old 12-11-2010, 01:30 PM   #2
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Seems to defeat the purpose of eReading so to speak.
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Those are attempts to get non-technical users to pay for overpriced ebooks. What's sad is it works. People still pay that price.
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:23 PM   #4
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I have no idea why those are so expensive but most of the other ones are allot cheaper like The Conffesion by John Grisham is $10 on kobo and $33 at walmart and american assasian by Vince Flynn is $10 on kobo and $18 at amazon for the hardcover, and then all the deals kobo has like right now its thirty percent off all ebooks
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Old 12-11-2010, 04:37 PM   #5
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Yes unfortunately it's been keeping me from buying books since I've got my Kobo. Every now and then I take a look at Kobo, check out some books I am interested in, get disgusted with the prices and leave with out purchasing any thing. I was tempted once with a new book that was out in Hardcover. The HC book was I think $23, the epub was I think $15 and then an additional 30% off which brought it down to $9.99 which was still irritating in that it was now the price of a softcover. I was tempted but then they only take credit cards... there went that sale.
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Old 12-11-2010, 05:09 PM   #6
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I was tempted but then they only take credit cards... there went that sale.
On-line shopping requires a credit card. I don't think Kobo is particularly unique in that regard. How else would you pay?

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Old 12-11-2010, 06:52 PM   #7
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In a lot of cases the prices of ebooks are being set by the publisher and not the stores themselves. There was a whole kerfuffle back in the early months of 2010 about this (starting with Amazon actually removing the buy button from the books for one publisher, then blinking and backing off. You can blame Apple, essentially, since Apple and the publishers came up with this pricing model for their launch of the iPad and their ebook store.) Five of the six major publishers have entered into agreements with retailers for an "Agency model" of pricing (these publishers are referred to as the "Agency 5".) With pricing for their ebooks, the price is set by the publisher and the book should be the same price wherever you shop. (The slight discrepancies in listed prices are due to taxes, I believe. Some retailers will add the tax when you checkout, while others include the taxes in the list price.)

I think the publishers wanted to step in and start setting prices before eReading takes off in a big way - it's been growing steadily, but they expect this Christmas to be the year when it really takes off now that there are many eReaders on the market that are affordable. They're hoping to establish a high price point and have these new readers expect ebooks to cost that much.

Kobo actually blogged a bit about this when it was happening. Have a look at the following articles for more information:

Countdown to Agency (and Party Like it’s $9.99!)

HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster and Sales Tax
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On-line shopping requires a credit card. I don't think Kobo is particularly unique in that regard. How else would you pay?

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Old 12-12-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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Brand new books are often expensive and may stay that way. OTOH, the prices do seem to drop fairly quickly, if you can wait a bit. Kobo often has a coupon on the go, so I buy more expensive books that way. The dec10ca30 coupon code now will get you 30% off all but Agency prices (generally indicated by only one price listed) on unlimited purchases until midnight tonight and I'm guessing another one will soon take its place.
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:53 AM   #10
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There is another option, a prepaid credit card. All major wireless companies in Canada have started a company called Zoompass and issue a mastercard, you link a bank account to it just like paypal and transfer money in at your pleasure. All my purchases from Kobobooks are on my zoompass card check them out...

www.zoompass.com

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I have one word for you:

e-Library

I've read about 6 books in a couple of months - including The Confession (which is awesome for me, considering I work full time and have two little kids) and I've spent NOTHING. I did buy and download 3 books as experiments when I first bought my Kobo, and I haven't read them yet!
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Old 12-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #12
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At least two of the four examples are Penguin ... and Pearson Publishing Group has been very reluctant, in Canada or the US, to support customer friendly pricing.

I expect execs at Penguin are wondering what all the fuss is about with ebooks since, at $23.99 they don't appear to be selling ....
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At least two of the four examples are Penguin ... and Pearson Publishing Group has been very reluctant, in Canada or the US, to support customer friendly pricing.

I expect execs at Penguin are wondering what all the fuss is about with ebooks since, at $23.99 they don't appear to be selling ....
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e-Library

I've read about 6 books in a couple of months - including The Confession (which is awesome for me, considering I work full time and have two little kids) and I've spent NOTHING. I did buy and download 3 books as experiments when I first bought my Kobo, and I haven't read them yet!
I know one of the first things I checked out when I got my Kobo was our public library and the links to eBooks they provide... Very pathetic selection unfortunately. I love SciFi and their selection just sucks.
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I know one of the first things I checked out when I got my Kobo was our public library and the links to eBooks they provide... Very pathetic selection unfortunately. I love SciFi and their selection just sucks.
I don't know where you are, Danger, but I can tell you that the Toronto Public Library has steadily been expanding their eBook selection. I think that's a good sign ... and if more people read the books, that will hopefully encourage further expansion!

At one point, I made a complaint on Twitter about the eBook selection at TPL ... someone from the library tweeted back, recommending that I provide suggestions to TPL re: books to add! It couldn't hurt to drop your library a note with specific scifi eBook recommendations to acquire.
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