They've done it again! The new book by Abraham Verghese, "Cutting for Stone" is priced at $15.00/now in the high $14.00, almost the same price as the discount hard cover book. This makes absolutely no sense, Amazon. since someone is eating the paper and printing costs and the shipping. If you are not going to run this program in good faith then people will look for new programs coming on line with new hardware, rather than upgrading in the future to Kindle 2-3.
I love this author but I will not get this book from you unless the Kindle price comes down to 9.99.
I absolutely agree that charging almost the same price for a kindle version as the hard copy is ridiculous. I keep checking for my favorite authors and if the price equals the hardcover I go elsewhere. In all fairness however, several kindle books at a higher price finally did come down after several weeks. I did order Kindle 2 with the hope that books will become available on Kindle before they become trade or pocket books. One can only hope.
I have been making a list of books to order when I finally recieve my Kindle which was ordered months ago. I was so excited when I ordered because I could buy books that I want to read for 9.99 and now, when my purchase if due to be arriving any day, I am wondering if I am getting the great deal I had hoped for. I am grateful for the upgrade to Kindle2 but I will be back at the library for the more expensive books. Amazon, please keep the prices down... make up the difference by promoting Kindle and selling more of them!
I saw the new Mauve Binchy book at Border's tonight and I couldn't wait to get home and order it for my kindle for $9.99. I was so so so disappointed to see it was over $14 and the hardcover version was not even a dollar more. Why , Why, this change in price? In this economy, reader's are very selective in what they buy !
Hopefully, this feedback will get to those who set the prices. If we don't buy the Kindle books that cost as much as the hardcovers and get them at the library instead the businesses who should have made money on the transactions won't. I guess that if they don't care about losing a little profit, no changes will be made. I'm willing to get off my lazy backside to go to the library to make a point. I will continue to buy the $9.99 e-books.
I just checked the web site for this book for the first time in 3 days. The price has been moved down to $11.99 from around $15.00. I'm on the waiting list at the library and will stay on since there is still a 2 dollar premium which can't be justified in my mind.
I am the same way about paying more than $9.99 for a Kindle edition. I won't do it. I will reserve the book from the library if that be the case. Michael Connelly's upcoming release, THE SCARECROW, is $15.39 and when I asked Kindle support about it they said:
"Most books are available for $9.99 or less. However, we do not restrict or set the prices. The publisher sets the price that they want to receive, and that in turn affects the end user prices. We try to offer the items on Amazon.com at the lowest prices possible, and are always trying to work with publishers to keep the cost of books as low as we can."
The book on Amazon is currently listed at $16.79 so I am saving only $1.40 for buying it on Kindle? I assume a single file is produced to download to thousands of Kindle readers so no paper, no printing, no shipping costs to ship from the publisher to Amazon, and no shipping cost to ship form Amazon to me (ok Whispernet costs). Maybe I want the book to have the author sign at some point at a book event. They save and I sacrifice all that for $1.40?! Obviously they are putting a measure on the 'reading experience'. The only way to get the price down will be for Kindle Nation to boycott buying books at $9.99+.
I will be emailing the publisher on this one. I hope that the price comes down as we get closer to release date. If not then I already have the audiobook on reserve at my local library.
I absolutely agree! Some of the Kindle editions are so poorly edited that it is distracting. It actually interrupts the flow of the story....can this be because I'm an old English major?? I say improve the editing and keep the price at 9.99 or less.
I, too, am really angry about the increase in prices of Kindle books. When Oprah aired her show promoting the Kindle, we were told that they would be $9.99 or less. Sure sold a lot of Kindles that day! It seems like you could hold up your end of the deal. Baloney about the publishers setting the price! If that were true, you couldn't have made that claim in the first place.
I've seen a lot in the press lately about Apple holding talks with publishers for its I-pad, and Rupert Murdoch spouting off as well...Bottom line is that these publishers are receiving huge profit margins by going digital and they need to pass that on to the consumer. $9.99 is high, even for the electronic version of a book. If books go above that, I am back to the library and Costco, etc. and my kindle will be used less and less. I agree, it's gotta be under ten, or they can keep the technology as it has no real edge when the price increases.
Dear Amazon, <b>Tell the Publisher!</b> I'd like to read this book Kindle.
While I actually don't mind paying the same price for an eBook as I do for a paper one, I'm never going to pay more. You might also Tell the Publisher! to ask the music companies what happens to digital content that the public perceives as overpriced.
I LOVE my Kindle. So much that I hate to read actual books now, but I'm quickly getting turned off.
Seriously, Amazon? 60% more for the Kindle version than the paperback (which you have to ship to me via 2-day air for free?) Seriously?! I WAS going to buy this book, won't buy it on general principle, I'll get it from the library instead. And I have been growing more and more annoyed with horribly edited electronic versions of books that I PAID for. I recently read a book for which someone had done a search and replace prior to publishing - anywhere the sequence of letters "fi" should have shown up, it had been replaced with a ". " As in "de. nitely"... talk about aggravating. So, no, I'm not going to pay $11.99 for an electronic file when I could have the actual book for $7.50, and then lend it to any number of friends after I read it.
Did you Kindle owners hear about McMillan playing hardball with Amazon over e-book prices? They refused to let Amazon sell any of their books for several days until Amazon raised the prices of e-books to coincide with regular book prices. Google it. Publishers are the villain here. Not Amazon.
If we don't buy the publisher will feel it too. with good service comes good customers, with bad service, there goes the good customer. I can buy books at Costco for 14.00. there have been times amazon sends an email recommending books. I must be more careful. sometimes I order one I have already bought because I thought the recommendations were new.