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Old 04-30-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Have prices gone back up @ Sony Ebook store

In comparing some of the new releases and best sellers, it seems there is a large difference in price compared to Amazon? I didn't do a detailed comparison but noticed some big differences.

Has Sony gone back to their old pricing standards before the Kindle???
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Old 04-30-2008, 01:26 PM   #2
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Specifically, I don't know if prices have gone up at Sony but I do know that my purchase today of Bridge of Sighs, by Richard Russo, has always been higher than Sony's price.

Sorry, I can't really answer your question.


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Old 04-30-2008, 01:58 PM   #3
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As far as I'm aware Sony never really lowered most of their prices (but I don't buy from them so have only paid a little attention). They only did it on a few titles &/or when enough people bugged them about a certain title. I doubt they'll ever do the loss leader thing Amazon's been doing. I wonder if Amazon plans to keep it up long term.
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I do not belive their prices have gone up, that is not to say SONY is still not expensive. They seem to base their standard discount off of the publishers eBook price.

But when comparing the SONY ebook prices to Amazon there is no comparison. Amazon caps most of their eBooks to $10.

The only other eBook competitor that can get close to Amazon's prices is FictionWise with their club membership and constant rebate discounts. But that requires effort and timing.
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:41 PM   #5
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But when comparing the SONY ebook prices to Amazon there is no comparison. Amazon caps most of their eBooks to $10.
No, that's not true. They cap their bestsellers to $9.99. Certainly not "most of their books"! The bestsellers are a "loss leader" for the other, most expensive, books.
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Well it's a good point that I should not make such a generalization.

It is just my experience that the books I'm interested in tend to cap at $10 ($9.99). It might just be that I tend to look at best sellers.
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No, that's not true. They cap their bestsellers to $9.99. Certainly not "most of their books"! The bestsellers are a "loss leader" for the other, most expensive, books.
So there are Kindle books that cost more than $9.99? I thought that was their max price? Considering newly released best sellers in hard cover are usually in the $15-$20 range.

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So there are Kindle books that cost more than $9.99? I thought that was their max price?
That's a common misconception ... probably because of the way they phrased their initial announcement.

But in any case, yeah they said something to the effect that "most bestsellers" would be $9.99.
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