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Old 02-09-2009, 01:38 PM   #1
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Boycott all books over 9.99!!

The thread is self explanatory. We are getting ripped off for content and as consumers we should speak out. There are 700+ posts over at the Amazon site that agree with the movement what do you think?
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:10 PM   #2
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The thread is self explanatory. We are getting ripped off for content and as consumers we should speak out. There are 700+ posts over at the Amazon site that agree with the movement what do you think?
A boycott is unlikely to be effective. What might be effective is if everyone who didn't buy an ebook because of the high price (or the DRM) wrote a letter or sent an email to the publishers informing them of their decision.
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Sometimes I can't help myself and when I want something I pay the $12.99 because I want it NOW
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:15 PM   #4
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The thread is self explanatory. We are getting ripped off for content and as consumers we should speak out. There are 700+ posts over at the Amazon site that agree with the movement what do you think?
Yes, ebook prices *are* too high IMHO. However, Amazon is not the culprit here. Check prices for the same ebooks elsewhere in Mobi or other formats.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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Meh.

Boycotts usually accomplish nothing other than generate publicity. Remember there is no such thing as "bad" publicity.

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Old 02-09-2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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No, I disagree. Publishers and authors deserve to be paid and should be able to charge as much as they can sell their work for.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:29 PM   #7
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Remember there is no such thing as "bad" publicity.
How about 'Wanted Dead or Alive' posters?
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:31 PM   #8
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Most of the books over $9.99 at Amazon aren't the "new releases" fiction books they advertise. They're non-fiction, tech books, etc. I paid $16 for a tech book that was $45 in paper. I'm not feeling cheated. I've seen some new-releases start a little higher and then the price gets corrected, too. I think most of the stuff I see about this is just internet exaggeration. I've been hearing people on blogs and forums that don't have a Kindle talking about how they're dumping the $9.99 thing when it's just not true. I saw the original article on this and it had an utterly inflammatory headline to that effect and if you actually read the article they explained a lot of what I just said.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:34 PM   #9
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I've been hearing people on blogs and forums that don't have a Kindle talking about how they're dumping the $9.99 thing when it's just not true. I saw the original article on this and it had an utterly inflammatory headline to that effect and if you actually read the article they explained a lot of what I just said.
Indeed.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:00 PM   #10
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Yes, ebook prices *are* too high IMHO. However, Amazon is not the culprit here. Check prices for the same ebooks elsewhere in Mobi or other formats.
Amazon owns Mobipocket. So any of the high Mobipocket format prices does make Amazon the culprit.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:28 PM   #11
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The thread is self explanatory. We are getting ripped off for content and as consumers we should speak out. There are 700+ posts over at the Amazon site that agree with the movement what do you think?
I think that if the price is significantly lower than the price for a hardback version, then I'm getting a good deal. Even if that price is over $9.99.

Good luck with your boycott.
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Amazon owns Mobipocket. So any of the high Mobipocket format prices does make Amazon the culprit.
Mobipocket has a deal with Mobipocket booksellers not to undercut their prices. They don't necessarily have a choice about the price.
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Mobipocket has a deal with Mobipocket booksellers not to undercut their prices. They don't necessarily have a choice about the price.
But the prices at other shops can still be expensive. And that can be Amazon's fault since they have the right to lower prices on Mobipocket format eBooks.
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Just to add some facts to the discussion here is a link to the original Consumerist article I mentioned and here are the figures given:

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One Kindle owner on the above-mentioned discussion used jungle-search.com to sort titles by price, and posted that as of January 22nd, 2009, 29.65% of the books sold on the Kindle Store are priced above $9.99. Another forum poster broke it down by category:

Fiction 2%
Mystery/Thrillers 3%
Romance 1%
Literary Fiction 2%
Nonfiction 50%
Biography 15%
Computer/Internet 80%
Considering their promise is that all NYT best sellers and most new releases would be $9.99, I don't see the problem. They never promised that all books would be $9.99. I think 98% of all fiction being $9.99 or less is a pretty good fulfilment of their claims.
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Old 02-10-2009, 01:39 PM   #15
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Soon as my local library jumps onto the e-book wagon I won't be buying many books.
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