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View Poll Results: What is your maximum for what you will pay for an ebook?
$5 or less 32 17.49%
No more than $10 90 49.18%
No more than $12 16 8.74%
No more than $14 15 8.20%
No more than $16 6 3.28%
No more than $18 0 0%
No more than $20 1 0.55%
I have no maxiumum, it depends on the book 20 10.93%
Other 3 1.64%
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Old 04-07-2010, 05:06 PM   #46
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Off-topic.... You can use Google to check exchange rates very easily. Just type, for example, '9.99 USD in EUR' (or in GBP - Pound Sterling).
Thanks for the tip, much easier than the usual site I use!

To add; although my maximum is 10€/$/£ the most I've paid for a fiction book was about £7. My wishlist is very long so I can always find something else to read if an ebook I want is too expensive for my taste.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:49 PM   #47
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I was reading another post (davers’ post re: no cover) and it occurred to me, owning an eReader won’t change my purchasing habits at all, nor will the new pricing structures.

If I really like an author and can’t wait for his newest release (and this is rare, only about 4 authors fit this bill) I will purchase it in hard cover, typically on the day it is released. Otherwise I am reading from the library and browsing the paperback table or half priced bookstore.

Basically, I feel I am paying for the content, not the format. That’s not really going to change. When one of my favorites releases a new book, I will buy the eBook as soon as it’s released. The rest of the time, I’ll browse the discounted eBooks and use the library.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to spend $9.99, but if I feel the content is worth $15, I’ll spend $15 otherwise I’ll wait until it is $4.

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Old 04-07-2010, 11:30 PM   #48
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Basically, I feel I am paying for the content, not the format. That’s not really going to change.
I agree with that approach/philosophy. Especially for books since I've so seldomly re-read a book. So I'm really just paying for the experience of reading the book once. And with e-books I get the convenience of not hassling with a library, or having a physical copy to waste space or hassle with selling, donating or giving away after reading.

I'm fine paying the same prices as the cheapest print version for that reason. Same experience, and a lot more convenient.

But I understand others have different takes, as I'm not that way with music, movies or video games.

Music I'll listen to for decades, movies I keep around are rewatch periodically, so I like having a physical copy around so I know I have permanent access (as long as I don't lose or damage my copy). Video games I don't replay, but they're pricey so I prefer physical copies so I can sell or trade them when done to recoup some of the expense.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:17 AM   #49
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I agree with that approach/philosophy. Especially for books since I've so seldomly re-read a book. So I'm really just paying for the experience of reading the book once.
Ah. I'll read books over and over, to me a good story is always new!

But I can understand other people's complaint, especially when a couple of the devices were advertised as having new releases for $10.
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Old 04-08-2010, 04:18 AM   #50
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I voted for 12 or less, but it has to be less than the printed version, because the publisher not only saves on printing, but I get only a license to read a book, not a book in itself.
So I want to pay less.
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:10 AM   #51
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It would depend on the book and the author for me. I like reading with eBooks and like that I can go back to the soft copy and re-read on various devices. I've paid as high as $20 for an eBook if it was a new release of an author I really, really, really like.
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Old 04-14-2010, 05:24 AM   #52
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My limit is $10 for an eBook that the paper copy is out in hardcover.
Ditto.

When a paper back is out, then no more than $6.

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It depends - I just paid £35 pounds for a second hand copy of a book published 37 years ago, and would have paid that amount for an ebook version if I could have got one. On the other hand, if I'm buying contemporary fiction I'm not willing to pay more than the cheapest paperback price.
I too, bought The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time) (Leather Bound) for £100 in November 2009. However, it is a special edition.

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Old 04-14-2010, 05:54 AM   #53
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Nothing.

I bought the reader for web-content and public domain books. When I buy books, I still go for paper version.

My position might change if bookshops disappear the same way record shops did. I sincerly hope they won't. I still like books. And bookshelves look good in my room. Besides I own books that have been in the family for a few generations. And I doubt my ebooks will last even until next generation.

The disappearing of paperbooks would make it too easy for "1984"-like re-editing of the past.
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