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Old 06-18-2010, 01:15 PM   #61
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No, but I have been trying to finish the books I already have before buying new ones, so it is kind of a moot point until the next purchase decision. But I'm as likely to hesitate about purchasing a book with TTS disabled as one that's $12.99 instead of $9.99. My sweet spot is definitely something $9.99 or under, with TTS enabled.
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Another irritant

One irritant I've run into is with old classics in public domain. My wife wanted one yesterday and I had to go to Amazon and get it. Of all that I have done from amazon they make it hard to find the one for 0.00. You have to sift past the number of versions that are .99 or 1.00 or 1.99 etc.

I've started using I books for classics, not a question in the ibooks store, one version 0.00.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:00 PM   #64
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One irritant I've run into is with old classics in public domain. My wife wanted one yesterday and I had to go to Amazon and get it. Of all that I have done from amazon they make it hard to find the one for 0.00. You have to sift past the number of versions that are .99 or 1.00 or 1.99 etc.

I've started using I books for classics, not a question in the ibooks store, one version 0.00.
Go to the Amazon Kindle Books store. Enter your search criteria. When the results are displayed, find the "Sort by" selection list near the top right of the results, and select "Price: Low to High". Voila.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:13 PM   #65
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Or simply go to the bookstore through your Kindle and type "Public Domain (Author's Name)" in the search store line. Easy!
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Old 06-22-2010, 11:59 AM   #66
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I am particpating in the boycott of DRM books. That includes anything by Amazon
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Old 07-04-2010, 11:44 PM   #67
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maybe this is just me but I think $9.99 for an ebook is an utter rip off. I have never and will never pay $10 for an ebook. Period.

I can buy the actualy physical book for $6 or $7 why in known universe would I pay $10 for what essentially amounts to NO property at all?

You OWN NOTHING with an ebook so the "value" of an ebook is very very low to me (on the order of $1 or less) maybe $2 for an early release or something.

People say wait no its compared to hard back prices. My only reply to that is are you nuts? there is a reason a book costs $6 and a hardback costs $20. thats because ITS A HARD BACK. you are GETTING something significantly more valuable for the $20 over the $6

nice hard cover and binding. Nicer paper thicker paper dust cover overall a far more valuable possession to put on your book case. (note I almost never pay for than $10 even for hard covers)

With an ebook you get EVEN LESS than the $6 book. no paper no cover no nothing. just a digital file you have no ownership rights over.

it should be priced accordingly. Subtract the costs from a regular $6 or $7 book

THAT is what the ebook should cost since THAT is all your getting.

I simply download my ebooks from "other" sources. my conscious is clear. I can say with 100% truthfulness that if I get past page 50 I WILL OWN a physical copy of that book for my bookshelf if its possible to get a physical copy.

If I don't get past page 50 its no different than reading it at the store or library and deciding I don't like it.

That is why I don;t buy devices that require proprietary software and lack NATIVE open file support. its why I bought the sony reader (memory card and native txt and rtf support) and now the kindle DX (usb mass storage spec and native open pdf txt prc mobi support)

Its my way or the highway. retailers and publishers need to be retaught this universal law. its our way or the highway.
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Old 07-06-2010, 12:08 AM   #68
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I do not buy ANY books over 9.99. And even then it has to be a book I REALLY want. I have been getting a bunch of free books from the usual sources. Legal and otherwise.
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Old 07-06-2010, 04:04 AM   #69
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maybe this is just me but I think $9.99 for an ebook is an utter rip off. I have never and will never pay $10 for an ebook. Period.

I can buy the actualy physical book for $6 or $7 why in known universe would I pay $10 for what essentially amounts to NO property at all?
You should not by DRMed books regardless of the price.

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People say wait no its compared to hard back prices. My only reply to that is are you nuts? there is a reason a book costs $6 and a hardback costs $20. thats because ITS A HARD BACK. you are GETTING something significantly more valuable for the $20 over the $6
That is not the reason at all. You are paying more for the early access.
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Old 07-06-2010, 07:03 AM   #70
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I often do pay more for an ebook than its treebook version in paperback or hardback. And it riles the heck out of me because it's unjustified. Thing is, though, that -- after nearly six decades as a bookworm -- since I started using a reader eighteen months ago, I can't abide a treebook. My prediction is that paper books simply won't catch on. Another, more up-to-date prediction is that publishers and retailers will get their acts together as ebook reading becomes even more popular and they realise that it's a buyer's market. Cheers. Neil
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:22 AM   #71
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Maybe YOU shouldn't. I'll buy what I want to thanks.
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:43 AM   #72
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But Tompe does have a sound point, Brian, and we should all make it. It's our job as customers to declare as loudly as possible that this is a buyer's market and that folks who love ebooks won't be manipulated or dictated to. We must bring the publishers and retailers to heel ... not vice versa. All we ask is a fair deal (and that means largely on our terms). No hard feelings though, chum. Bestest. Neil
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But Tompe does have a sound point, Brian, and we should all make it. It's our job as customers to declare as loudly as possible that this is a buyer's market and that folks who love ebooks won't be manipulated or dictated to. We must bring the publishers and retailers to heel ... not vice versa. All we ask is a fair deal (and that means largely on our terms). No hard feelings though, chum. Bestest. Neil
I'm all for getting rid of DRM, but what's an effective way of actually getting rid of it? Are a few people on an internet forum really going to make enough of a dent that publishers will notice? Are those people letting the publishers know each time that they were going to buy a book and didn't and why? IMO the ebook market needs to grow a lot before anything will happen about big pubs dropping DRM. That's basically what happened with the digital music market.
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Old 07-06-2010, 11:03 AM   #74
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I don't understand why an older book is $9.99 when you can buy it in paperback for $5.99. Isn't an ebook cheaper in the long run to make and sell?
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I don't understand why an older book is $9.99 when you can buy it in paperback for $5.99. Isn't an ebook cheaper in the long run to make and sell?
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