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Old 10-14-2006, 12:46 PM   #16
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I have, on numerous occasions, emailed the Connect site with specific titles priced in error based upon the hardback prices. On every single occasion, they have corrected it within a day or two.
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Old 10-14-2006, 04:19 PM   #17
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freakonomics - amazon $14.38, sony $15.96
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Old 10-16-2006, 12:24 PM   #18
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Title: The Stories of Your Life and Others
Author: Ted Chiang
Sony Connect price: $19.96
Competitor's price: $10.95 (Amazon)
Is it available in paperback?: Yes
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Old 10-17-2006, 11:47 AM   #19
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Store prices NOT going down

Well, this is a whole lot less encouraging than early indications led folks to believe. Seems from the recent threads that items that initially seemed to drop in price, supposedly in response to this thread, went right back up to their previously high prices. Every one of the books I listed still show at their inflated hardback-comparable price.

So perhaps we didn't have the impact on Sony we at first thought we had...which is going to be sad. I'm certainly not going to be spending $20+ dollars for an ebook version of something I could buy in paperback for $9 or less just about anywhere. Unfortunately, this is the exact kind of thing that has kept ebooks and e-readers from taking off. Not nearly enough content available, the company (in this case, Sony) usually claiming that until there's more buyers available, there won't be more content, yet that same company attempts to sell what content they have at such a high price no one is willing to purchase it. Classic Catch-22.

I'm going to try to put together another list of overpriced titles later today, and then perhaps Bob, you should go ahead and give the list of everything that's been added to this thread up to now over to whomever you might know at Sony, to see if they're really interested. I think it's becoming clear now that whatever caused some initial price drops we saw, it wasn't permanent, and may not have been at all related to what was happening on MobileRead. So Sony may not have someone watching these complaints here, and might not know about them after all. Or if they do, they're apparently not as concerned with them as we hoped they would be!
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Are the books at CONNECT store really overpriced?

Perhaps not as far as Sony is concerned. I guess, some of it depends on how the books are digitized. If Sony got the digital copies of the originals from the publishers at no cost, then selling them at near the price of the paper copies is clearly an abomination. But if Sony actually had to hire help to OCR the paper books and then proofread, edit and verify the digital copies, then the cost to Sony may be more than the cost to Amazon, etc. Being a big corporation, I am sure Sony spent many millions of dollars on their Connect store web site, and it costs them more millions every month to keep it up and running...

It has been now established that the Connect store's selection of books is not particularly wide. I wonder then, how may people are actually buying books there. Not just using their $50 vouchers, but spending some of their hard earned money on eBooks. I am afraid they are not yet at iTunes numbers, not even close. So, the economies of scale have not picked up just yet.

I just hope Sony is not losing some major money on hardware costs as well, or we may see the Reader go the way of REB-1100 and Rocket eBook real soon.
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Old 10-17-2006, 01:19 PM   #21
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Sony corrected several price errors that I brought to their attention. As of this morning the corrections remain intact.
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Fortunately, it doesn't seem like the pricing fixes were a loss as they seem to be back!The book that I had noted has also returned to the lower corrected price again (Patriots Club). I think they must have just had some problems with the way the pricing works at the store, and their software or store updates may have been undoing the fixes they made.

But I can assure you they do pay attention to MobileRead. We can't expect them to be at our constant whim and fancy, but I am certain they really do want to make things work well for their customers. That's not always as easy as it looks, and paying attention to us is not something they have to do... but it does go to show that they really care about what they are doing. Remarkably so, in fact!
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Perhaps not as far as Sony is concerned. I guess, some of it depends on how the books are digitized. If Sony got the digital copies of the originals from the publishers at no cost, then selling them at near the price of the paper copies is clearly an abomination.
Doesn't really matter what it costs Sony to process the books, porkupan, but rather what the pubs charge Sony for the books. They're the ones who set the pricing.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:24 AM   #25
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A whole whack of Lisa Scottoline novels are mispriced at the hardcover price when mass market paperbacks have been out for years.

Devil's Corner
Lisa Scottoline
Connect Price: 15.96
Amazon MMP: 7.99

Killer Smile
Lisa Scottoline
Connect Price: 14.36
Amazon MMP: 7.99

The Vendetta Defense
Lisa Scottoline
Connect Price: 15.96
Amazon MMP: 7.99

Courting Trouble
Lisa Scottoline
Connect Price: 15.96
Amazon MMP: 7.99


Dirty Blonde ($15.96 at Connect) is still in hardcover, but has been out for over a year I think, and Amazon has it remaindered in place at $7.99.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:40 AM   #26
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Here's another:

The Martian Child
David Gerrold
Connect Price: 17.56
Amazon PB: 11.01
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Shockwave
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Connect Price: 15.96
Amazon: 7.99
PB and Hardcover both available.
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Old 10-18-2006, 04:04 PM   #28
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The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge

Amazon paperback: $11.86
Sony: Listed on book page at $23.95.

Edit: Correction. Now the Sony store lists different prices. Actual price (and listed as that on search results) $9.56.

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State of Fear
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Connect Price: $15.96
Amazon MMP: $7.99

Prey
Michael Crichton
Connect Price: $15.96
Amazon MMP: $7.99

The Innocent
Harlan Coben
Connect Price: $21.56
Amazon PB: $9.99
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