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Old 09-29-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
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Based on the few books I have browsed on amazon.com, I am noticing that in each case, the Kindle editions are significantly cheaper than what you can get from other ebook vendors. For example, a book that I looked at is listed at $17.99 on ebooks.com, but the Kindle edition is only $9.99. That is nearly 50% cheaper.

Does this pattern hold universally? I have an ebookwise which I love, but if the pattern holds, Kindle can pretty much pay for itself. If so, why isn't Amazon promoting this as a selling point?

Also, did they discontinue the $100 off offer if you sign up with the VISA card?
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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Amazon does promote this to some extent:
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New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases $9.99, unless marked otherwise.
Amazon has been aggressive about discounting Kindle ebooks, and my impression is that they are cheaper on average than FictionWise and BooksOnBoard (say), even after allowing for promotional differences between the sites. They are sometimes much cheaper for a given ebook.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
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Technically the $9.99 price for Kindle books is for "New York Times® Best Sellers and New Releases, unless marked otherwise". For the most part, $9.99 or less is the standard price from what I've noticed. Occasionally, the Kindle version of a new book will debut higher than the marked down hard cover version of the book but within about a week it will drop down to $9.99.

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5/27/08 morning: Hard cover = $17.13, Kindle version = $20.76.
5/27/08 afternoon: Hard cover = $17.13, Kindle version = $15.42
5/28/08 afternoon: Hard cover = $15.57, Kindle version = $15.42
5/30/09 afternoon: Hard cover = $15.57, Kindle version = $14.01
6/4/08: The Kindle price FINALLY dropped to $9.99
Fictionwise.com comes the closest to Kindle pricing but to get the best prices, you need to become a member of their BuyWise Club and make use of their MicroPay reward program.

I don't know much about the eBookwise reader but I'm sure someone who knows more can advise you.

And yes, the $100 off a Kindle offer is over.
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