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View Poll Results: What is an e-Book worth to you?
$0 (I get it for free!) 8 7.69%
$5 (must be cheaper than paperback) 37 35.58%
$10 (equal to paperback price) 53 50.96%
$15 (has more functionality than a paperback is hence worth more) 6 5.77%
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Old 11-01-2003, 11:57 AM   #1
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Question How much would YOU spend on an e-Book?

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Do print pubs make exaggerate the cons to protect their print business? I'm sure some of them do. In the wake of Napster and the peer to peer networks that followed it, traditional media companies are paranoid about digital anything. I've argued in the past that not supporting legitimate ebooks only fuels the pirate market, but the fact is that many print publishers seem to go out of their way to make ebooks less appealing than their print counterparts. An easy way to do this is to price ebooks higher than print, making print the better deal for the consumer.

A fair price is the highest price that provides good value to the buyer. This is a win/win in that the publisher (and hopefully, the writer) makes money and the reader is excited about her purchase.The market has yet to decide on what this price is for ebooks.
Read the full article at writingonyourpalm.net first.
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Old 11-22-2003, 01:48 PM   #2
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is an e-book like a book you get off the computer
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I admit I just had a quick look at the article, but I think it only concerns general litterature.
If you consider technical books (medical/law reference titles, dictionaries or encyclopedias), one can spend more than 50 US$.
Few examples:
Encyclopedia Brittanica, the Harriet Lane Handbook, Canale, Mosby, Griffith's, PDR, ...

In this specific case, eBooks have more functionalities than paperback (instant lookup, calculators, cross references between articles, ...).
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Old 11-23-2003, 08:36 AM   #4
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Gots to be cheaper than paperback. Much as I like to read on the PalmOS, paperback is more functional (no battery issues, ie).
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Old 11-23-2003, 12:59 PM   #5
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I have an other issue with eBooks. I am a very visual person and when I read a non-fiction book, I can usually remember passages of it, not only by content, but also by the layout of the book (paragraph in question was left or right, top or bottom, there was a illustration to the right, etc.). On the other hand, an eBook appears more "static" to me (due to the small display of current PDAs), where I cannot remember the "look" of a page where a certain paragraph appeared. So at the end, its easier for me to digest content from a paper book than from an eBook.
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Old 02-28-2004, 09:34 PM   #6
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I think if I am ever going to buy an e-book, 90%-100% of that money should go to the person who did all of the work, TH WRITER. Publishers do very little work except find new books to add to their money flow. I say you get back as much as you put in!
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:45 AM   #7
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10$ if there is no DRM.
1$ if there is DRM
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:44 AM   #8
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10$ if there is no DRM.
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Wow! You just resurrected a thread from 2003. Awesome!
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:52 AM   #9
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I'm happy to pay UP TO the paperback price if it is a book I really want but obviously would prefer to pay less

I would say that 90% of the books I read are free anyway, either from free sources like feedbooks / mobileread or from the library. I enjoy shopping around for ebooks though and finding good prices.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:09 AM   #10
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It all depends. For authors like Stepehen Kind, Dan Brown, James Rollins, I would pat hardcover prices to get the ebook the day it was released. After that I will pay paperback price. I understand that ebooks will take away profits from paper books sales so I am willing to pay the price.

For independent authors I hesitate to pay more than $5 on a book.

To me DRM is irrelevant in the decision.
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I will pay up to 5$, oh great necromancer.

More than that, and I may as well buy the pbook.
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It all depends. For authors like Stepehen Kind, Dan Brown, James Rollins, I would pat hardcover prices to get the ebook the day it was released. After that I will pay paperback price. I understand that ebooks will take away profits from paper books sales so I am willing to pay the price.

For independent authors I hesitate to pay more than $5 on a book.
Since what we are paying for is 99% content (as opposed to 80% physical-ness, 20% content) today, it would make sense for better works to go for more money.

Unproven authors would also have to sell for less to get people to try them out.

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To me DRM is irrelevant in the decision.
Then I have a car that I'd like to rent you for $20,000.
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$10. More than that and I might as well look for deals on the hardback down the road.
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I would prefer to pay no more than $10 but I do pay whatever Sony asks for new releases for some of my favorite authors. This is to convince the publisher to release the older novels by this author in ebook. I hope by buying at HC prices the publishing sees that they is a need to release the other books by this author.
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I'd pay up to $30/£15, I'm willing to pay the same as a hardback, really I got into eBooks to reduce my carbon footprint
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