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Old 10-11-2009, 04:44 AM   #1
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Major publisher experiment with radically lower ebook prices

As part of a publishing experiment, 'The Friday Project', an imprint of Harper Colllins, have released several ebooks at the low, low price in the UK of £2.99 (just under five dollars at the time of writing) and apparently enjoyed such exceptionally high sales they're going to expand and promote the next batch of low-priced books. The details are here, in an article on The Bookseller website written by Scott Pack, a HarperCollins employee:

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"We are always looking for new ways to find readers for our books. As a publisher that specialises in turning web content into books, the dawn of the e-book era is very attractive to us—a format that is closer to the original material than the printed version. E-books represent an opportunity to get our titles, especially our backlist, to a whole new audience. And, perhaps the most compelling reason, we were selling bugger all at full price.

And the results of this experiment (because it is an experiment, not a policy, precedent or fixed price structure)? Our sales have gone through the roof."
Some of the Friday Project ebooks can be found here, on the Waterstones site.
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Old 10-11-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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That's fine, Gary. But I still can't see why the Waterstones ebook of Margaret Atwood's new *Yerar of the Flood* should still cost the equivalent of $26 when the treebook is less than $16 in hardback from Amazon and for even less elsewhere. Ebook pricing is still a nonsense. Neil
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can't they make 5$ medical textbooks too?
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Old 10-11-2009, 07:15 AM   #4
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Would YOU want to be treated by a doctor who'd learned from $5 textbooks?
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Would YOU want to be treated by a doctor who'd learned from $5 textbooks?
With a $5 textbook I'd treat myself
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Sometimes I wonder why I am treated by my regular GP, so no problem. Can't be worse
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