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Old 10-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #151
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Bit of a fine line there. The average paperback price now is $9 and I don't have a problem paying that. I can hold out for fiction until there is a sale. Its non-fiction that is usually over $10 and stays that way. For instance, a book on diabetes solutions - over $10 and will likely stay that way. It's annoying since I can't resell the book after I'm done. However, I was able to share it with other family members (I loan out my 6" kindle), so it has been read by 3 or 4 others already.
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Old 10-26-2012, 04:33 PM   #152
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Since Kobo have now stated that only the account holder is allowed to read purchased ebooks, I certainly wouldn't pay more for an ebook than a paperback. At least, from Kobo.
Stating something doesn't necessarily make it true.
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Old 10-26-2012, 05:31 PM   #153
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Stating something doesn't necessarily make it true.
If you mean that they might lose a court case trying to enforce it, you're right. But that wasn't what I was asking. I wanted to understand their interpretation of their own T&Cs.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:37 AM   #154
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:22 PM   #155
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Everyone has a reason; everyone spends for value received. I am not going to argue against people who need/want an e-book "hot off the press" and will pay whatever the asking price may be.

I'm not so impatient. My next breath --YEP! That I want NOW!! A book or a movie or anything less crucial to survival: I can afford to exercise my purchasing power strategically.

The market dynamics: as has been ably pointed out in previous posts, publishers will charge whatever they can, and will deliver whatever level of slip-shod production they can get away with.

I used to work in the printing industry. Yes, technology has changed since then. But in producing a physical, printed product there are --and will always be-- physical constraints that mean fixed production costs, to some extent. There is simply no comparison between the huge costs in making printing plates, buying paper and ink, running the presses. . . then binding the books, shipping them out of the plant, warehousing them, and then shipping them out again (either to retail outlets or to internet customers) -- versus digital reproduction!

In economic terms, sellers and buyers have a conflict of interest, as well as a common interest. The common interest is distributing a product to folks who want it. The conflict is the price. I'm not doing myself any favour by encouraging sellers to believe they can continue to price-gouge me on ebooks, so that they can make a higher profit margin than they do on their standard (printed) product.
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:36 PM   #156
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Well, I've purchased a couple of eARCS from Baen, when I could have waited a couple months longer and got the hardback for more, or the final e-version for much less, but it was worth it to me to get Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and Dragon Ship early. But I think eARCS are a special situation.
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