I am the only one who is going to drop the NY Times subscription when the new rate starts. I love reading The Times every day but $20 a month is too much for the non-graphic Kindle version. Maybe I could justify that price on a device that better replicated the print edition. If my Kindle dies maybe I will look at something like an iPad.
I agree --- the New York Times is pricing itself out of the marketplace on the Kindle. I'm all in favor of publishers charging for content, but they have to be reasonable. This new charge is out of line.
the only way you can compete with the i pad is with lower pricing. with out that you are going under. all the media is pushing the i-pad and it will become the choice of america, because they are getting the support. a college is now offering it to all of their students. so keep raising your prices and you and the sony and the nook are done.
Lloyd. I don't think that Amazon is even close to being done. In fact I think they will remain up front out of all the e-book readers. The i-Brick is for a different crowd. The same people that have i-Phones will purchase the i-Brick, but not to read books. Ebook readers will continue to purchase the Kindle. Have you seen the i-Brick screen in sunlight? You can't read anything. Take the Kindle outside and it is just as clear as it is inside. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. They both fill a niche for a specific group of people. If you want to read your books on the i-Brick...best of luck to you.
I've been subscribing to several newspapers including the NYT on Kindle since the very beginning. It's over 75:25 that I'll cancel when the IPAD inspired price increases kick in for me. I've hesitated to rely on Calibre to generate Kindle editions up to this point. It's not as convenient as whispernet downloads and ties up your computer for a while, especially when you figure out it's not much effort to get 5 different newspapers at a time. I'm also over 25 and believe I should be supporting the industry, paying something. However, a 40% price increase is hard to swallow when you can get virtually the same thing for free.
I halted my paper subscription to the NY Times when it stopped delivering the paper to my porch. Now I will stop my Kindle subscription to the NY Times because of the unwarranted price increase. Sadly, the quality of the Times has been slipping over the years, and I'm sure I will be able to find a nice Kindled newspaper as a replacement and be completely happy. (Incidentally, I prefer to *not* read the morning paper on my iPad --- the Pad is for other things)
I too just cancelled my subscriptions to the Times. I am someone who believes in paying for services that I enjoy and use. However subscriptions, wether they be for magazines or newspaper, usually lock you into an annual rate. I have had the subscription for less than 9 months and I just recieved an email today notifying me of the rate increase effective tomorrow. A 43% increase today does not guarantee a locked in rate for tomorrow, whose to say in 6 months they won't increase it again. If the NYT and Amazon want to maintain a loyal customer base they should be honest and upfront about their subscription prices by securing annual contracts and rates. Not to mention that the kindle edition is in no way shape of form the equivalent to the print or online edition.
I canceled my print subscription today to get the kindle edition, especially with the two months free trial. Immediate problems with the Times. When I downloaded it and pressed the back to store, it immediately canceled my subscription. When I called customer service they said they couldnt do anything. Apparently, I started my subscription and cancelled it in the same minute, thanks to the Ipad and Ipod version I was able to get what I needed with the right graphs displayed. I sure wish customer service was a bit more customer friendly, people will start going elsewhere for their convenience when they perceive their business is not respected.