Amazon is opposed to this price scheme. It was forced on them by the publishers. Do not take this out on Amazon. Blame Apple if you need to blame anyone. The publishers actually made more money on the previous pricing model, but Apple would not enter a market where Amazon routinely sold e-books at cost or little profit.
"If you're all truly this angry, start supporting your local library."
I'd love to, but we just don't have a decent library in our tiny community. I don't think they have any of the Dresden books. Looking at the digital offerings, all they have is the Dresden collection 1-6...and that's to be shared in three counties. Not everyone has the luxury of a well-stocked public library.
If I had any willpower whatsoever when it comes to the Dresden Files, I'd get Cold Days from the library and then wait to buy until the court delivers a verdict on the price fixing case, which is what I'm doing with Side Jobs, because my personal price point for that book is $6-8, and it's still at $9.99. I contacted Penguin about that. Seriously, it's been two years.
However, I don't, so I'll pay more to buy it on the first day, and if I were a publisher, I'd price my books at whatever the market would bear. However, the market stops bearing that price pretty quickly, and that's where the publishers are still stuck in the 19th century--they don't seem to be experimenting enough with the prices, terrified that they'll somehow devalue all of their stock by doing so.
So keep complaining, people, and buy when the book reaches your price point. And be stronger willed than I am!
I bought cold days on kindle but 15 bucks for an ebook? No thanks. My library will get it and I'll just wait for it. Sucks, but that's what is going to have to happen for the pricing to start making sense.
As for ebooks from the library, there was a brief period of time where I could check it one of the limited supply of ebooks out from teh library and then download it wirelessly to kindle. That worked fine and I read a couple of very interesting non fictions that way. However, they jetisoned that system and started requiring you to download them in a different way, I believe the description said it required a wire! WTF? This also said 'required by publisher'. It's enough to drive you away from buying anything but independent books.
I think the best solution for this is both legal, and punishes Penguin perfectly.
Wait a few days after release, and then buy the book for cheap second hand. Read it and then immediately sell it back to a second hand book store. This way you:
1) Get the book cheap, especially after factoring in the money you made selling it again. 2) Get to read the book. 3) Get to cost Penguin at least two sales. One to you, and one to the next person who buys your copy of the book. With luck, it will cost them even more than that. 4) Get to support a second hand book dealer, and Amazon too if you buy from him through Amazon.
For extra points, lend it to your friends before selling it.
Its all about demand. One of the reasons I got a Kindle, was to get cheaper books. However, for the books that I have to have, Like Butcher's, I fork out the money. Publishers know this. Now I am not saying not to be frugal, I just like having a personal copy of my books (especially my favorite ones), and will not sell them back.
Also, think about what penguin pays for. All Jim Butchers signing tours are on their dime. Advertising ext...They managed to snag Butcher, and Butcher has continued with the relationship. To support Penguin is also to support Butcher. How much money to we really waste? $15 is not a great amount for a story that will capture your imagination.
I'm going to look on the bright side: the price of this e-book made my decision as to what to read on the 27th extremely easy - I pre-ordered Kevin Hearne's book Trapped ($7.99), and I'm number 62 of 70 on my local library's waiting list for Cold Days.
Come to think of it, I wonder how many of those 70 people would have just bought the book instead had its price been more reasonable...
Penguin just settled their price-fixing case with the FTC on the 18th, agreeing to dump the agency model for two years. This means that Amazon will be able to set the price for the book soon. I'm waiting for it to come down before buying-- or for it to come back in to my local library. Whichever comes first.