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Initial post: Dec 12, 2012 7:18:21 AM PST
A. Groom says:
I have noticed the Kindle Editions are barely $1-2 cheaper or NOT cheaper than the paperback versions! WHY IS THIS!?!?!! They are NOT in print, we are saving trees by BEING Kindle owners! This has frustrated me for over a year, I purchased the Kindle Fire in the US last November - I still cannot access content in Canada and the books I want are not any cheaper than me purchasing the paperback in store!!! FRUSTRATED AND DISAPPOINTED!!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 7:44:30 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 10:01:58 AM PST
Flyboy says:
It's the unseen hand of the always virtuous marketplace-- you think Amazon is a socialist front?

Same idea as selling razors and printers cheap but bleeding you for the blades and the printer cartridges....

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 8:51:01 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 12, 2012 8:52:05 AM PST
Bob says:
I agree with the price issue... it doesn't make sense without any paper pages involved. I am also disappointed that I cannot access any library books in Canada. Although I can see it from Amazon's point of view ... they want us tlo buy their books and not get them for free.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 9:54:57 AM PST
I totally agree with the kindle price issue. This is something that has been bothering me for quite a while. Amazon is for sure exerting some of its monopoly power. Paper books must have a high component cost not only because of the paper and everything else required to produce a book, but also storage and transportation costs.
It would be insightful to have at hand the cost component of producing paper books, because producing digital books would be very low, I am sure. Despite of not having that information, I honestly expected to have a price reduction in the range of 30 to 50 percent.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 10:03:02 AM PST
Speakerman says:
I agree Kindle books are for the most part overpriced. I also believe that competition for Amazon from other publishers will eventually drive the prices down. Big selling authors are by and large in support of the pricing structure at Amazon for Kindle books because they get paid more. Their publishing houses set the price with Amazon, again, for the most part. Once an author has established a brand, you cannot blame them for wanting to maximize their income from their intellectual property. The writing is on the electronic book page--more and more books are going to be sold in more marketplaces than Amazon and prices will come down. Readers will probably have to buy a "generic" reader that can deal with the various ebook formats (and that will not make me happy, I love my Fire HD), but prices will come down. For now Amazon with books and Apple with Music have virtual monopolies. That won't last.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 2:52:39 PM PST
Slick says:
I finally broke down and got a kindle. Easier to carry than a book but wiht a book I don't need a charger! Foolish me. I thought I could save some trees while saving some cash but I'm finding I can buy brand new hard backs that are out of print that I haven't read and even with shipping costs are cheaper than the e-version. I have no idea what it costs to produce an electronic book but at some point, all of the production costs have been recovered and $14.99 seems greedy to me. I really like the feel of a book in my hands so you guys aren't make the transition easier for me.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 3:17:26 PM PST
BC voter says:
This is an issue that's really starting to bug me. How can it possibly be that the e-version is almost the same price as hard copies? If this keeps up, I will be going back to traditional books.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 10:03:55 PM PST
Mike Big says:
I agree Kindle books are overpriced. Kindle & Nook products aready are putting the pressure on local stores to compete. In our city (Simi Valley, CA) they no longer could compete and closed their doors.

If they don't reduce their prices I for one will enjoy going into the Book Store in my neighboring city & spend some time brousing and selecting books in the old fashioned way.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 11:01:14 PM PST
Kate says:
I love reading on my kindle but the books cost too much. So I usually just end up going to the library to get books I want to own. Why is it that books are almost the same amount on the kindle as they are when they are in paperback? It just doesn't make sense.

By getting books on the kindle you should've have to pay as much.
- you don't have to cut down trees
- you don't have to ship them to people
- you don't have to store them anywhere

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 2:02:05 AM PST
John says:
John Szuba,
I heartily agree. your greed is only surpassed by you're arrogance.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 4:06:22 AM PST
Like printers, the money is in the ink. Here it's in the bits and bytes. A well planned abuse.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 13, 2012 4:49:47 AM PST
cindilee says:
I LOVE my Kindle and it saves on the economy in 2 ways I can carry LOTS of books . Instead of just one. I don't have to worry about what to do with a book I finish. Trying to give it away r throw it away more trash in Landfills etc. More trees r saved. it is a win win IMHO AS an avid reader and one who always hoped one day to have a ceiling to floor book case. I ended up donating over 300 books to a library. The price is a bit high I suppose but somebody has to type all that into the site? I will say this they need better proof readers I find a lot of mistakes.
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