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Old 02-10-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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King on the Kindle

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009...king-kindle-ur

Here's yet another reason to get a Kindle -- Stephen King has written a novel that you can ONLY get for the Kindle.

And how come Stephen King gets a hot pink Kindle? That's not fair. I want one too!

I thought his comment at the end of the article was interesting. He suggests that one of the reasons that digital music caught on was because it could be sold in pieces, one track at a time, rather than being sold as an entire album. He thinks ebooks may not catch on so much, at least in that way, because it's not possible to break a book down in the same way. You kind of need the whole book.

In fact, that might be a factor as well, when you consider ebook prices. Maybe people expect ebooks to be so cheap because they're used to getting music on iTunes for $0.99. But that's only the price of one track. In the case of a book they are buying the "whole album", and so it is going to cost more. I don't think digital music is that much cheaper than a CD -- a bit cheaper, but not a lot -- and I actually think in that respect ebooks may be similarly priced to their musical counterparts.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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This is fabulous! I am a die hard King fan (He used to live a few miles away even). thanks!
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:27 PM   #3
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Im just annoyed that they announced the book before we got our hands on k2. Now we gots to sit here and salivate over the king book as well lol.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:58 PM   #4
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009...king-kindle-ur
In fact, that might be a factor as well, when you consider ebook prices. Maybe people expect ebooks to be so cheap because they're used to getting music on iTunes for $0.99. But that's only the price of one track. In the case of a book they are buying the "whole album", and so it is going to cost more. I don't think digital music is that much cheaper than a CD -- a bit cheaper, but not a lot -- and I actually think in that respect ebooks may be similarly priced to their musical counterparts.
That is something I had never thought of before. An excellent point.
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I just read that this book is now available!

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Old 02-12-2009, 04:39 PM   #6
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It also looks like Amazon has gotten most of Stephen King's books converted to Kindle format as well (although It, one of my favorite horror movies, still isn't converted).

As far as the iPod Album analogy goes, I'd like to add that a Series of books by an author is analogous to an album with each book in the series being the equivalent of a single track. Now if we could just get Amazon and the Publishers to sell us an entire series at a steep discount, or a collection of an author's most popular work (kind of a 'best of' album) at a deep discount then that would be something.
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