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Old 01-30-2010, 01:04 AM   #1
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Macmillan books pulled from Amazon

From the New York Times. There is conflict over the price and amazon wants to keep prices to $9.99 and the publisher wants more like $15! Negotiations pending. Maybe switch off the wireless and back up?
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Old 01-30-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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$15 for an ebook is a tad high for me
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:24 AM   #3
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Yep. I think he's right.
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Old 01-30-2010, 02:44 AM   #4
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I even think $9.99 is way to much for a ebook.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:19 AM   #5
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$15.00 is still cheaper than hard-copy price.
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Old 01-30-2010, 04:27 AM   #6
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I'm getting used to the $9.99. I don't know if I would be willing to pay $15. Then I would rather wait until the price dropped.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:36 AM   #7
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Please continue the discussion in the existing thread on the subject:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71750

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Old 01-30-2010, 09:47 AM   #8
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$15.00 is still cheaper than hard-copy price.
Given how deeply discounted new hardcovers often are, not necessarily. And if you're willing to wait a month or two many new hardcovers end up in the remainder bin for under $10.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:17 PM   #9
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$15.00 is still cheaper than hard-copy price.
Sure. But think about it. If you, as - say - a self-publisher, POD your new novel through Amazon in TPB format for $15-$16, Amazon will give you 35% or $2.55-$2.80 of that price. On the other hand, for your ebook version, you get out of that same price $10.50-$11.20. And from the $9.99, you get about $6.99 from the ebook sale. So even if MacMillan stays with the $9.99 price, it gets more than what it would get from the paper book sales. (This, of course, presumes that MacMillan let Amazon do a POD version rather than supply it's own paper copies - and doing the latter means that MacM incurs all the printing costs so even with a special negotiated deal for the paper versions, it's possible MacM isn't actually getting $6.99 per copy into its coffers.)

MacM is just being greedy about ebooks.

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Old 01-30-2010, 07:43 PM   #10
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MacM is just being greedy about ebooks.
They're not just being greedy. They're being greedy and clueless. Again. This isn't the first time Holtzbrinck (who own Macmillan - note, only one capital 'M' in that) have demonstrated a profound lack of clue as regards e-books. Hopefully it will be the last.
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