When I got my Kindle last summer, I was told most books would cost less than $10.00. Now that Amazon has more competition for electronic books, the prices have increased 50% and even 100%. True Compass by Ted Kennedy is $19.25. What gives? Should we all bail on Amazon & invest in another electronic reader?
i have no problem paying a little more for new books but when i see books that are anywhere from 2-10 years old being sold for kindle at close to $20, and in many cases MORE THAN THE COST OF A PAPERBACK, it makes me pissed off at the world. can someone please explain to me how that should be possible? the cost associated with books in hardcopy are supposed to be for the printers and the materials and the shipping and the cover and storage at the book store or in the warehouse of amazon. when its distributed as an ebook, the cost is going entirely to the distributor (amazon), the author, and whatever cut the publishing house takes for its editors and overhead associated with the book. HOW TO F*&% CAN YOU CHARGE MORE FOR AN EBOOK THAN A HARDCOPY?????? Despicable
It all comes down to marketing... what will people pay?
I heard a discussion at a camp for my preschooler this summer about e-readers -- a camp where a lot of the participants were choosing a "simpler and less commercial life," living off the grid, eating local and organic, reducing, reducing... but one person said you should DEFINITELY get the 3G option on an e-reader so that you could download a new ebook from wherever you were as soon as you finished the previous book. With a "right now" and "life goes everywhere with us all the time" on smart phone/e-reader/Facebook" mentality, it seems to be worth a premium to more and more people to get immediate access to everything.
A pain -- I don't think I'll be able to afford ebooks for my Kindle. And yes, it definitely seems wrong to pay more for an e-book delivered completely electronically with electronic/automated handling from the choosing to the immediate delivery. There's probably some overhead in converting a book from electronic publishing format to Kindle electronic format but overall, prices completely demand-driven instead of having anything to do with the supply/cost side.
Here's an idea Amazon... What about rewarding your customers with a loyalty program that would actually lower the costs? I like everyone on this post have noticed the increase in book costs and am considering going back to the second hand paperback store...