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Old 02-24-2011, 08:39 AM   #1
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Agency pricing (almost) 1 year on...how many e-books have you NOT bought?

When agency pricing came in, I started keeping a list of agency e-books I didn't buy. It has about 100 titles on it. Last week, in honor of the approaching one year anniversary of agency pricing, I tidied up the list and sent it to the appropriate five publishers. I have no idea if they'll pay any attention - probably not - but somewhat illogically I still feel better

And, it turns out I was able to get many of the books (in p-book, but WTH) from my local library and a few more from local used bookstores (yes, we still have a couple nearby). A bunch more were backlist titles that I already owned in p-book too, so I didn't really NEED them. So I've been able to read most of the books I hadn't already read for free, or nearly free, anyway.

Just wondering if other boycotting folks have a sense of how many e-books they haven't bought due to the agency issue, or if I'm the only one nerdly enough to actually keep a list...

- Sue

P.S. Oh yeah, I probably should mention that I did cheat and buy 2 titles I really wanted to read and couldn't find otherwise, but I DID use my Groupon B&N gift card deal - amazing what rationalization can do for you!

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Old 02-24-2011, 08:46 AM   #2
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Agency pricing is relatively new in the UK, and although I don't keep a list, there's probably around 20 ebooks that I didn't get so far and bought as second-hand paper copies instead.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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I don't know, but agency pricing did effect my purchases. I like to use Kobo discount codes when they are available, but for some reason they don't seem to work with agency books, so I just usually get something else.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:04 AM   #4
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Myself, I don't care who sets the price or how they set it: eBook prices could be set by monkeys rolling dice in Katmandu for all I care.

What I do care about is how closely the price approaches what I think the eBook is worth to me. The closer it is, the more likely I am to buy it. I don't buy high priced eBooks - but I also don't expect paperback or lower prices for eBooks if the book's still in hardcover.

Given the way prices have risen, I haven't bought a lot of books lately - and I barely have time to keep up with the freebies - but when I do buy one, the question of whether it's sold according to the retail or agency model doesn't enter the equation.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:10 AM   #5
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I am more interested in agency pricing in terms of what publishers are not on the list. I would rather not do any business with agency comapnies. One of the companies that I do a lot of business with is not on that list, Golden Eagle a division of Harlequin, which incidently is not on the list either.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:15 AM   #6
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I went from buying about a hundred books in one year (including short stories) to 4 since april 2010. Not so much because of pricing, but on the worst thing that happend with that change: geographical restrictions.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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I don't care who's pricing the book, as long as it's a price I'm willing to pay.

I believe I've only delayed on 4 or 5 books because of price. At least 1 of those dropped to an acceptable price after a few months, and another is not agency priced. Some are agency-priced backlist, and are only over my preferred price by $3, which is not a big deal.

Considering that ebook sales are still going through the roof, I'm going to guess that most consumers don't care.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:22 AM   #8
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Most are not aware of what agency pricing are and very willing to pay any price for anything at all. I have a rather dim view of human nature.
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:46 AM   #9
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I went from buying about a hundred books in one year (including short stories) to 4 since april 2010. Not so much because of pricing, but on the worst thing that happend with that change: geographical restrictions.
indeed. i hate geo restrictions D: still, it forces me to look at alternative sites like feedbooks and freebies from publisher sites. i guess in a way it's making me save xD
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Most are not aware of what agency pricing are and very willing to pay any price for anything at all. I have a rather dim view of human nature.
Yes, most are not aware that agency pricing is a good thing that tries to break Amazons monopolistic tendencies and tries to save a sustainable book market.
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Old 02-24-2011, 10:06 AM   #11
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I went from buying about a hundred books in one year (including short stories) to 4 since april 2010. Not so much because of pricing, but on the worst thing that happend with that change: geographical restrictions.
Ditto !

I didn't bought that many books. books from wheel of time are long and take time to read.
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Old 02-24-2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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I didn't buy probably 12 books (1 a month) because the price was more than I was willing to pay. Most of these I got from the library (a few in pbook form). One of these, where the ebook price was more than the hardcover, I got off the dark net. I am not proud of that, but come on. More than the hardcover?
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I don't know how to tell. I regularly search out books I want to read, or more often re-read (but as an ebook), but I skip anything over $10, and quite a few over $8. If agency pricing pushes books past those thresholds, then I'm not even a customer anymore.

I hope that your idea of keeping tracking and writing in pays off. I may do the same, but focus on price rather than agency vs free market pricing.
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I don't care who's pricing the book, as long as it's a price I'm willing to pay.
Same here. I e-mailed a publisher today to ask why an e-book that I wanted to buy was £15.99, while the paperback is £7.49. I don't expect e-books to necessarily be cheaper than the paper versions, but I can't bring myself to pay over double the paperback price for the e-book.

I added it to my watch list, and if the price comes down to something I'm willing to pay, I'll buy it.
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There are a couple hundred books in my "Too expensive" wish list that I would have bought at a lower price. I have them listed in ereaderiq and will buy them if the price drops to below $7. Fortunately there are enough books being offered at good prices that I'm still buying faster than I'm reading them.
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