I have it pre-ordered. I've been waiting for this book for years and don't want to lug around the hardcovr copy (I commute to work via bus & subway and have to carry it around). I do wish the kindle ediition was less, though. This is a special book for those of us who've folllowed the prev 2 volumes.
$19 and no Text to Speech. This is just greed at all levels. I would love to add this book to my reading list right away, but at this price, I will stick it at the end and wait until it comes down and TTS is enabled. Its unfortunate, because I have loved the 1st two books.
you do realize that that is half off of the hard back price right? You do realize that if you go to your local book store you will be paying full price + tax. So in all if you want it right away, it is a really good deal.
Not every new book is going to go on the kindle for $9.99. Yes Amazon is probably being greedy, but you are still getting a deal. If you buy it off amazon, you have to pay tax + shipping and handling. While on the kindle you can get it for at least half off and within a few miniutes it takes to download.
Actually, I think this is publisher setting the price- the agency model I think it is called? And if it is half off, that's fine.
The thing is- as someone who worked in the book business for 7 years: most retail bookstores get anywhere from a 40-45% markup, depending on how much they buy(smaller stores buy less, so there discount is only say 30%, which is why they can't compete with the big chains). So,even taking 40% off the price of a book, the publisher is still making money. Subtract the cost of production, shipping, etc... that you lose for an ebook and I say the Publisher is just being greedy.;
At this point, they are throwing prices up to see what people will go for.
It's the same thing that happened when early Music CD's came out. They were priced high- and despite becoming cheaper and cheaper to produce, they never lowered the price- so what did people do? Download illegally, borrow, record, etc...
I think Publishers could, if they handled this ebook thing right, open up lots of new markets for themselves. Digitize backlist titlesand books out of print... would I buy the entire run of my favorite authors digitally, if the price was reasonable, even though I have the hardbacks? you bet!
There are several conflicting opinions on this thread about who set the Kindle price on this book. It has always been my understanding that the publisher sets the Kindle price. Is this a new direction, i.e., Amazon setting Kindle prices, or is someone mistaken? I would be very interested to know the truth. Does anyone know FOR SURE who set this price?
5-20-11: On the product page, Amazon states that the price was set by the publisher.