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Old 07-05-2008, 08:36 AM   #1
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Non-fiction book prices

This is my first post here, so I'm sorry if it is a little off the wall. A co-worker has a Kindle and just seeing it has gotten my attention. I am currently using my Eee PC as my e-reader and just about everything else I do away from work. I've read all the reviews and I the main thing holding me back is non-fiction book prices. Fiction are mostly less than $10, but technical books are only a couple of $ less than paper price. I have a wall of computer books in my office that I would hate to lose! However, I have gotten to the point that I have to really need/want a computer book at $50+ to buy it. If the electronic versions on the Kindle were $10 or $15 I would have already bought a Kindle and a bunch of technical e-books. I guess enough are selling that there is no incentive to lower the prices.

Anybody have an explaination of the difference in the price of Fiction eBooks vs. technical eBooks?
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Old 07-05-2008, 08:40 AM   #2
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The cost of production, and the very limited number of sales.

Publishers - reputable ones at least - do hugely more work with non-fiction books than they do with fiction. They generally send the content out for review by people knowledgeable in the field - nothing worse for a publisher's reputation than publishing a textbook with factual errors.

The cost of printing is completely trivial compared with the cost of producing a textbook. It's unreasonable to expect them to be sold for $10.
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:23 AM   #3
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This first generation Kindle may not be so good for technical books. They haven't quite dialed in the issues with images and charts (tables).

Since your friend has a Kindle, ask them to download a free sample of a technical book you are interested in. If it looks usable to you, then you probably won't have a problem with the types of technical books you need. If not, you may have to look at something like the iLiad.
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