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Old 02-02-2012, 04:27 AM   #1
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How many digital bookstores are needed?

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If all prices are equal and the selection is the same, how many digital bookstores would you browse?
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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Kind of a dumb premise

selection and prices aren't the only criteria people use to select any sort of vendor.

If you think you can get my business by offering me something ELSE besides selection and price, I say, go ahead and try! I'm willing to listen.

Competition is good.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Competition keeps businesses honest. A single bookstore would concentrate too much power in one business. A monopoly can charge whatever the market will bear. They just decide that they can maximize profits at X price, and set the price there. Competition drives prices lower, as competitors will lower their price to take business away from competitors.

The selection would suffer under a monopoly. Why should a monopoly bother to provide a wide selection of books, when the customer's choice is only to buy there or to do without. A monopoly would have total censorship powers. With competition, one seller can decide what books to stock, and another seller can make different decisions. The books still are available somewhere. There is no difference between a monopoly not stocking a book and the book being banned, the effect is the same.

Why should a monopoly provide good customer service or good quality? The customer has no other choice, why treat the customer well.

The more competition, the better. I like my Kindle, but I will buy at Smashwords if I can.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:09 AM   #4
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I think I'll have the flounder.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:29 AM   #5
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Given the option, I will buy from authors directly through their own sites. So, as many bookstores as there are authors I follow.
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #6
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Competition is good. I have very rarely seen the prices to be the same for an ebook in different stores.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:15 PM   #7
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I'm surprised that even 16% of respondents think that only one bookstore is needed. Even if you only use one bookstore, the existence of other bookstores benefits you. Think of it like a grocery store. If there was only one grocery store to choose from, that store would have little incentive to stock quality food at a good price. Even if you only shop at one grocery store, you still benefit from the competition among grocery stores.
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Most ebook stores that carry current, DRMed books (if not all), only offer one format, so Kindle owners cannot buy from B&N, and vice versa. Only non-DRM books in multiple formats are sold in ebook stores.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #9
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #10
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Think of it like a grocery store. If there was only one grocery store to choose from, that store would have little incentive to stock quality food at a good price.
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Most ebook stores that carry current, DRMed books (if not all), only offer one format, so Kindle owners cannot buy from B&N, and vice versa. Only non-DRM books in multiple formats are sold in ebook stores.
But Kindle owners could choose to jump ship to the Nook, and Nook owners could choose to jump ship to the Kindle. There are a number of smaller retailers to choose from. And if there is a book that is available from one retailer, but not from the other, nothing prevents you from purchasing it from one retailer and then stripping the DRM. The TOS may say you can't, but it doesn't prevent you from doing it. The existence of competition influences companies.
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If it is the right one.

what separates the stores that sell DRM infested books from the Big publishers? It is the same book, sold at the same (List) price. So why do we need more Online stores when it just MOS?

90% of my new dead tree books were purchased at the same store (while they were in business).
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Old 02-02-2012, 03:09 PM   #13
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:51 PM   #14
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With agency pricing, price isn't really an issue now so I just buy from Amazon as they've the better overall system. Exceptions are for some authors who sell direct and Baen.
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Digital bookstores that let me support my local independent bookstore. That's why I use Google.
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