Completely agree. And just to add a little twist to the price knife, Amazon will tack on tax if the eBook is listed for sale by the publisher rather than Amazon.com. In NJ this adds on 7%. I was really pissed when I saw this the first time. I cannot be mad at Amazon as they don't control the copyright, but if enough people say NO....HELL NO like K. Jarvis suggests the publishers will have to back down.
The future is electronic delivery, which greatly reduces costs to the publishers and streamlines publication. One secondary effect is that digital delivery does away with or greatly reduces the remainders that the publisher has. So, fewer excess books printed-another significant saving. Also, think about this, when you buy a printed book, how many people read it? Quite a few, I would say. Now, what about eBooks? I would hazard a guess and say it is very seldom that an eBook gets handed around like a printed one. The format simply does not lend itself to the practice. So, more people will purchase a copy of the book. How many more, I don't know, and really don't want to guess, but it would be more. So, screw the publishers, DO NOT purchase a new book for more then 9.99. At worst wait until it is no longer a new release and the price drops to 6.99 - 8.99. Thanks for listening to my rant, I feel so much better.
Really people? There's 5 of you! Boycott? Go ahead - no; better yet, why not sell you Kindles on Amazon and buy used books. You'll never have to worry about the price of an ebook ever again! This is the great U. S. of A. where you can choose to refuse!
That of course Tandala is one option. But the whole point of buying the Kindle in the first place was for conveniance and cost savings. The savings were aggressivly advertised. Now, having spent $200 on the machine, and I do love it, it pisses me off that the publishers (in particular) are now trying to gouge owners for more money. So, NO I will not sell my Kindle. What I WILL do is boycott new releases that I believe are overpriced and will buy the book when it get's released in paperback and the kindle price gets reduced to ~$6.99 - $7.99. So, I still get to read the book, and the publisher loses out on the extra $$.
Patricia Cornwell is my favorite author of all time and she has a new release, Port Mortuary, and it is killing me to do this, but I also refuse to pay more than the $9.99 for an electronic book. I have had my Kindle from the moment Oprah introduced it to me and it is the one Peaceful Place I have in life. So please people, voice your support of this because so many of my friends are in fact refusing to buy as well, but just are not into commenting in print. Kindle Corporation, you made promises which were the biggest selling points, one of those was keeping prices at a realistic cost. Show your professional integrity and stand by your word! Times are really hard for so many of us, let us at least find someone that keeps their word and their prices affordable.
Hate to break it to you, but amazon has NO say over the price that's set for the books anymore. Especially not with Penguin books. Remember a while back when all of the Penguin books for the kindle disappeared and there was no option to purchase any of them? It's because the publishing company pulled their contract with amazon because they hated that the ebooks were going for $9.99 rather than the higher prices they were mandating. Amazon tried to fire back by selling the new hardbacks for $9.99, but they just couldn't keep doing that and continue to make a profit. At one point when the kindle books were removed there was even rumors that Penguin would yank the contract for the physical book sales as well, which is why amazon finally caved. They can't afford to lose a contract with an industry giant like Penguin.
Amazon has to either sell the books at these prices or they don't get to sell them. Don't bother looking for these ebooks cheaper elsewhere. They're the same price no matter where you go. That's the thing most people don't realize, mostly because the kindle makes it so hard to put any non-kindle formatted books on the unit. Unless you're going to download a bootleg ebook from somewhere and go through the trouble of putting it on the unit (and possibly get caught), the price is going to be set at $14.99 for a very long time for all of the new Penguin ebooks everywhere. Again, that's EVERYWHERE- not just amazon.
Giving nothing but 1 star ratings on amazon is not the way to go for this. This accomplishes nothing. Want to really send the publishers a message? Start a letter writing campaign and a petition. Don't buy the books. Don't even spend the money to get the hardbacks. If you absolutely must read the books, get them from the public library. You can send out as many 1 stars as you want but in the end that accomplishes nothing. The publisher might notice, but in the end it isn't going to change their mind about the pricing. Trust me, Penguin and the other publishers just roll their eyes and charging the same price.
Again, amazon has NOTHING to do with this price point.
Amazon tried, they really did. But again, this is the average industry pricing. Until the prices are reset for when the paperbacks get released, this is what you will find on any and all ebook retailers. It doesn't matter if you go to Barnes and Noble, Sony Reader, or some random Mom and Pop ebook store on the net. The $14.99 price is what is set everywhere on the internet. The only stores that offer it cheaper are the ones that are doing some pretty shady stuff and even then those stores are really hard to find.
Do I think ebooks in general should be cheaper? Yes. Am I going to blame amazon for the pricing forced upon them by the publisher? No. They have no say and trust me, they tried. They tried hard and if they'd pushed any harder they could have done some serious harm to the business. That's why I said that the only way to show your irritation with the publisher set pricing is to not buy any of the formats of the books they're releasing. You have to hit the publisher in their wallet.
Amazon would love to be able to sell every book at 9.99 or lower, but unless that book comes from a smaller or more liberal publisher or from their own kindle publishing company, they can't do that. They just can't. Even if Amazon were to give every penny of that 9.99 to the publishers, the publishers would still throw a fit because that's not the pricing they want set for the book. Again, Penguin yanked their contract. They're the ones responsible for the new pricing. Amazon fought them tooth and nail but in the end they had to choose between sticking to their fight and possibly doing irreparable harm to their business or giving in so they could keep their staff employed and ensure that the kindle readers would still be able to access all of the publishers out there.
I agree and have made this my policy since the average price for new books spiked to $13-$15. It's infuriating to know that I was a first generation Kindle owner and spent nearly $250 at that time (now retails for $140.) And when I want to read a new book by a favorite author I get no more than a $3-$6 discount off the hard cover version. Let's face it, we are not getting colorful covers killing trees to accommodate our reading needs. So, why in the world should we be charged as if we are???!! There is power in our numbers. I don't know which is worse, the ridiculous pricing or those publishers who want to delay a Kindle users access to the book when it is first released when granting the $9.99 price.
But but but..... I really want to get Birth Control is Sinful in the Christian Marriages and also Robbing God of Priesthood Children!! Eliyzabeth Yanne Strong-Anderson available from Amazon, it is too expensive in book format...