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Old Today, 05:18 AM   #466
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I suspect most people are in the camp of mostly/only ebooks or mostly/only paper. Therefore it makes sense that they are priced independently. I understand why the comparison is made - it's natural to perceive the value of the same book in different formats as being related - but the more important comparison for the seller is what is this competing against? So is it priced similarly to other books in the same genre is more relevant than is it priced similarly to its own twin in another medium.

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Old Today, 05:28 AM   #467
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Yes. It really is what we're talking about. You can't prefer ebooks (to the point of expecting never to read a paper book again) and yet value them less than paper books. That you can't seem to grasp that is baffling to me. You want the format you desire more to cost less than the format you don't desire at all! Does that even sound remotely reasonable?
Just a comment... We're talking about price, not value. And when we talk about price, we talk about associated costs and profit, not intangible value that a specific customer gives to an item. According to that logic, if I like more potatoes that oysters, I should think that it is logic that potatoes cost more than oyster even it's easier to get potatoes than oysters.

And, BTW, as a customer my desire is ALWAYS to get the things I like in the cheapest way in the legal/official channels.
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@darryl: But you are not complaining that ebooks should be lower priced than pbooks. So it really doesn't matter how much cheaper or more expensive a pbook is. All DD is trying to say is that it makes little sense to compare pbook and ebook if you already excluded pbook from your purchase decision.
Duckie. I have a strong preference for ebooks. I rarely buy Big 5 agency titles, not now because of any boycott, as was the case when the price fixing conspiracy was in operation. Simply because they can't compete with Indies at the prices they set. Big 5 ebooks should be priced competitively with Indie ebooks. When I see an ebook priced close to the print book price my conclusion is usually that the ebook has been priced so as to protect prospective sales of the print book. Because print books are ancillary to ebooks in the Indie world, and prices are set by the market with little if any regard to prospective print book sales.
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The oysters and potatoes comparison doesn't work. They are different things. The Hobbit ebook is the same book as The Hobbit paper book. I understand people wanting to pay as little as possible for something. What I don't understand is people clinging to the notion that a price comparison between the format they want to buy (ebook) and a format they have no intention of ever buying (paper book) is somehow reasonable.

If price is your (rhetorical) bottom line, you buy the paper book if it's cheaper (or the ebook if it's cheaper). But if you always buy the format you prefer the most, then price is clearly not your bottom line, and you should give up comparing them.

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I suspect most people are in the camp of mostly/only ebooks or mostly/only paper. Therefore it makes sense that they are priced independently. I understand why the comparison is made - it's natural to perceive the value of the same book in different formats as being related - but the more important comparison for the seller is what is this competing against? So is it priced similarly to other books in the same genre is more relevant than is it priced similarly to its own twin in another medium.
Very true. You really need to compare prices of items in the same market. There are a lot of very different market segments that might appear similar on the surface but have very different price points. Sometimes you have to look at it from the classic economic stand point, i.e. what price point makes you the most money, verses what price point actually sells the most books, or what price point makes a specific individual buy. There are a lot of books out there that I won't read even though they are free and some books that I'm willing to pay a lot more money than most here simply because it's a go to reference for a subject that I'm really interested in.
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There are a lot of books out there that I won't read even though they are free and some books that I'm willing to pay a lot more money than most here simply because it's a go to reference for a subject that I'm really interested in.
I'm going to publicly agree with you completely. Precisely because I so rarely do. It's only fair.
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