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Old 09-22-2009, 03:02 PM   #1
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5%, or 100,000 copies, of "The Lost Symbol" were sold as e-books

New Dan Brown novel tops 2 million mark

"Herz did say that around 5 percent, or 100,000 copies, of "The Lost Symbol" were sold as e-books. Doubleday released the digital edition at the same time as the hardcover despite industry worries that e-sales might take away business from the more expensive paper text."

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:09 PM   #2
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I was one of those 5%
I, for one, enjoyed the book
Would you have bought the hardcover, if they hadn't released the eBook?

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:14 PM   #3
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I was one of those 5%
I, for one, enjoyed the book
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:21 PM   #4
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Would you have bought the hardcover, if they hadn't released the eBook?

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No! mainly because of the high cost of postage - I would have waited for the reviews - & then not bought because of the reviews!

as it is I wasted $10 on a poor piece of work
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:33 PM   #5
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No! mainly because of the high cost of postage - I would have waited for the reviews - & then not bought because of the reviews!

as it is I wasted $10 on a poor piece of work
Would rcuadro have though?

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Old 09-22-2009, 03:49 PM   #6
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Is this good news or bad news?

A big sales benchmark like that seems like the thing that is needed to emphasize the powerhouse that ebooks are becoming. However, it's hard to be proud when the benchmark is set by a Dan Brown novel.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:50 PM   #7
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I bought it on the kindle which I regret. Its a waste of money in my opinion. I had forgotten how much I don't like his writing ability. I had it on hold at the library which is what I should have done. I am not the greatest judge of ebooks vs hardcover though. 50% of my reading is paper editions. I like ebooks but not interested in giving up paperbooks.
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Old 09-22-2009, 03:54 PM   #8
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If they are making $3 per ebook, that's not a whole lot of money. But then again, the book has only been out for a week, so that's not too bad.
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I'm enjoying it as well, though I'm only around chapter 20 or so.

I wouldn't have bought the hardback as I pretty much stopped buying real books (leisure books anyway, still buy/request from publisher academic books). Just a waste of space on a book I'll only read once and then have setting around or have to bother with selling or donating.
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If they are making $3 per ebook, that's not a whole lot of money. But then again, the book has only been out for a week, so that's not too bad.
Gross or net?

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Anyone selling the ebook version at $9.99 or so is taking a small loss. Then again, a retailer selling the hardcover for $16 with free shipping is likely taking the same size loss....

That said, I'd say it's a good thing that ebooks are starting to make a noticeable dent in sales figures. And heck, that's a bunch of trees that didn't have to get cut down for those 100,000 copies...
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Anyone selling the ebook version at $9.99 or so is taking a small loss. Then again, a retailer selling the hardcover for $16 with free shipping is likely taking the same size loss....

That said, I'd say it's a good thing that ebooks are starting to make a noticeable dent in sales figures. And heck, that's a bunch of trees that didn't have to get cut down for those 100,000 copies...
Which, of course, doesn't mean that they weren't cut down. It just means that the resulting paper hasn't been put to good use yet... if even that.

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Which, of course, doesn't mean that they weren't cut down. It just means that the resulting paper hasn't been put to good use yet... if even that.

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Actually it does.
If you believe in the supply and demand theory, there is now a lower demand of paper. That means there are less need for trees to be cut down, that there would have been if the 100.000 ebooks had been sold as paper books.
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Nope. I dont buy the hardback version of anything unless it is at the thrift store or at an used book place... but that was before I started reading eBooks...
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Actually it does.
If you believe in the supply and demand theory, there is now a lower demand of paper. That means there are less need for trees to be cut down, that there would have been if the 100.000 ebooks had been sold as paper books.
Unless you think that the fact that Dan Brown's publisher shipped 100,000 fewer hardcover books somehow results in a temporal ripple into the past that informs some country's forest-industry that they only need to fulfill 98% of their current month's order to the paper industry?

Even if future demand is (minimally?) impacted by Dan Brown's publisher's failure to sell and ship the books they already made from 100,000 hardcover books' worth of trees... none of this says anything about trees that had to be (or did not have to be) cut down in the past... only future trees may be saved... but frankly I have difficulty concocting an explanation as to *precisely* how in the short or medium term.

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