It's typical retail behaviour. Make it cheaper at first and then escalate the price once people have adopted the new technology. The banks did the same thing with ATMs. I will go back to paperbacks as at least they can be passed to others, resold etc.
Its a shame that this particular publisher does this, and I wonder why Nora Roberts isn't putting her two cents in. I have seen other authors fight to make sure that the kindle editions were at reasonable prices. And there are plenty of publishers out there who are still keeping the prices down. I will not buy Nora Roberts books on my kindle anymore and will also buy the paperback edition to share with my friends.
I absolutely agree. I refuse to buy any Kindle editions at full cost. That's the bad news. The good news is that I'm discovering several Indie writers that will probably eventually outsell established writers who aren't working to help their fans find a fair price. I won't even buy this in paperback on principle alone. It's possible my library will loan it as an ebook. That's the other go-around that seems to be working for me.
$9.99 in Kindle format but only $9.60 for the paperback? What's up with that? I know the publisher sets the price, but that's a blatant rip-off. Why does the digital format cost more than a physical copy? That's B.S. I won't be buying it in ebook or paperback frankly because that just really ticks me off.
I agree with the other posts... this is a another example of corporate greed. To have a paper back book less expensive than an e-book is outrageous. How stupid do they think we are? I'd buy a lot more books if they'd bring the prices down.
To have an e-book at the same price, or more than in this case, the printed version is absurdity, imho. I don't mind paying to read them on my kindle but this is just insulting to me. I love Nora Roberts and have many many of her books but sadly, wont be buying this one at that price.
I am getting irritated that the e-version of books are starting to cost more than the paperback versions. An even bigger issues is paying more for the e-version and having to weed through all the type-o's!! I purchased Dragonriders of Pern and was so disgusted with the misspellings and incorrect wording that I "returned" it. I've not run into it so much with Nora Robert's books but there are others out there where it is just horrible - and now we are having to pay more for it - ridiculous!
The publishers set the price of ebooks and no discounting is allowed anymore (hasn't been for a long time now). There are lawsuits out there now about whether agency pricing of ebooks amounts to price fixing by the big publishers, but I don't know if anything will ever come of them.
The publisher sets a list price for the paperback (in this case $16.00) and then sells the book to retailers at a discount of 40-60% off that list price. The retailer can then discount the paperback and sell it for what it wants. I suppose Amazon could decide to not discount the paperback and then those of us who prefer ebooks would seem to be getting a "deal", maybe that would make folks happier.
All you can do is not buy either the digital or paper version (go to the library or get it used) and then tell the publisher and author why, not that it seems to be making much difference so far and they don't seem to pay attention to places like http://lostbooksales.com/ either.
Amazon has two choices. They can sell the ebook for the price the publisher set or not sell the ebook at all. (They did that briefly when agency pricing started and folks complained very vocally about not having access to buy books that were coming out)
Be glad you aren't buying the large print version that's $36.99 ;-)
Personally since my library has the ebook I'll be getting it there.
I, too, have been dismayed at the rising costs of purchasing books, whether they be e-books, hardbacks, or paperbacks. However, I have to say that I was distressed at the phraseoelogy that one of those who posted on this thread used. Corporate Greed? Really? When an author is as popular as Nora Roberts is, does anyone take into consideration the amount that the publishing house has to pay her in order to keep her as an author? You can bet she's not writing for pennies! I don't hear anyone here saying that she should take less. Since many more readers have turned to e-readers, the amount of books sold that are actually printed on paper has been reduced substantially. It seems only common sense to me that the publisher has to sell a certain amount of books to break even, after all, they have to pay the author, the publicist, the printer, and the list goes on and on. What if they don't sell enough of the printed version of the book to recover costs? Would we then lose talents like Ms.Roberts because the publisher would not be able to afford them? And before anyone accuses me of being a tool of someone in the industry, let me make it clear I have no affiliation at all with ANY Publisher or writer.
Katrina, it has long been acknowledged that the overhead costs of e-books are next to nothing--they need formatting, and that's about it. Any price the publisher charges is pure profit. Agency pricing came about because the publishers are afraid of e-books the same way that the movie industry was afraid of videotapes and Blockbuster. We all know how that turned out. Did everyone stop going to the movies? No, it just added to their profits. Will everyone stop reading books? Of course not. Nora Roberts' publishing company can well afford to keep her.
I too am disgusted with this practice... Took a look yesterday and several of Nora's books in Kindle are now over twice the price of print. That to me is highway robbery. I refuse to pay that even though I love my Kindle. I have emailed Nora Roberts... through her website. I encourage others to do the same. I am disgusted with Amazon and the publishers doing this. It's too bad I live in a French speaking community where English books are not available from the library :(