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Posted on May 21, 2012 8:44:44 AM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:45:55 AM PDT
Jason Reilly says:
7-11 has awful coffee. I may buy some water now and then, but nothing to eat.

Posted on May 21, 2012 8:49:41 AM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
I must interject: books are not merely 'words on a screen.'

And they do not magically assemble themselves on the screen with a few presses of a button, either. The process to bring an e-book to market is every bit as laborious and time-consuming as it is to produce a paper book. You still need editors, acquisition editors, slush readers, FLEs, cover artists, technical people, marketing people -- and of course the lowly author, none of whom have access to supernatural WRITE NOVEL buttons.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:51:43 AM PDT
Jason Reilly says:
I am waiting for all libraries to have an option to take out e-books. Not all have gone to that system , just yet. Mine has not. I will be waiting.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:53:51 AM PDT
Waiiiit. You are paid back because you are giving back (actally selling energy back). Just what measurable thing are you giving back by using your e-reader?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:54:03 AM PDT
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J. Gatie says:
Where did you get this claptrap? You are confusing the concept of Moore's Law with prices.

Moore's Law -
Whereby the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years

- or the reinterpretation by Intel's David House -

The period for a doubling in chip performance is 18 months

- has nothing to do with pricing.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 8:55:42 AM PDT
Jason Reilly says:
I agree. I barely ever go see a movie any more. Too, expensive. I rent from Blockbuster. I still have one in my town. $1.99 a movie. Some are $2.99. That's worth my time and money.

I would like to learn about politics and our world for cheaper. I basically, read only non-fiction these days. I do buy an occasional fictional book from time to time.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:01:27 AM PDT
Jason Reilly says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:02:40 AM PDT
You gotta aim high, Frank. I'm making a button for my computer, but it says WRITE BESTSELLING NOVEL on it. I had to make the button pretty big to fit all that on there, but I'm pretty sure it's going to work. I'm going to press it right before I go to lunch, it should be finished by the time I get back.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:06:08 AM PDT
Perry says:
I don't think anyone here actually took the time to respond to your original inquiry. Although 3 of the publishers have settled with the Justice Department, the settlement has to go through an approval process which will take another few more weeks. At that point, the original price fixed agency agreement with Apple will be discarded, and Amazon will be allowed to discount the books from those publishers. Regarding the people posting here, they consider collusion and price fixing as free market and capitalism, you will not sway their opinion otherwise.

Posted on May 21, 2012 9:17:17 AM PDT
Kindle books are no bargain. For example, CompTIA CASP costs $36 for real book, and $32 for Kindle. But I cannot sell the kindle book, plus I have the expense of buying a device to read the kindle book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:19:01 AM PDT
So $4 lower in price is not a good deal? What is your definition of a good deal?

Posted on May 21, 2012 9:19:53 AM PDT
GreyDay says:
I think the prices WILL drop for a number of reasons.

1. I think the lawsuit against the publishers will prevail (and some of them have already settled) and Amazon will again be allowed to discount.

2. More authors are seeing the advantage of self publishing at least their backlist so they can sell more books by selling cheap and STILL get more money per book than they would by going through the Big 6.

3. As the number of people new to ebook readers levels off at some point there will be less new and enthousiastic readers eager to fill their new readers with all their old favorites. At that point sales of those old titles will drop and publishers will either lower prices to stimulate sales or just accept low sales for those titles. For any individual title there is a limited number of people who are willing to read it even if it was free much less high priced. Eventually most of those at all interested will have already bought those titles so the value to the publisher drops over time. That's why many (most) titles are never republished. I've been following the Amazon Best Seller ratings of a number of titles and a lot of them do drop over time. New titles (or new to digital) prices might remain high, however with patience most of the prices will probably eventually drop. I've got a lot of bargains by waiting. Listing your Wishlist with Ereaderiq is very helpful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:20:08 AM PDT
You need to read *the* article Jason read. Then you both need to look up a few words in your handy-dandy Kindle dictionaries, such as opinion and fact, such as gouging and capitalism.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:20:21 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
I am not mad at all. Don't see where you got that from my post.

As they say you pay for convenience....

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:23:52 AM PDT
You don't "have the expense of buying a device to read the kindle (sic) book." You can download one of the free apps for one of your existing devices. And you can start reading the book in minutes - as opposed to driving to the bookstore or waiting for Amazon to deliver.

E-books are the right choice for me. Both e-books and paper books have advantages and disadvantages...I held off on buying a Kindle until I felt the advantages (for me) outweighed the disadvantages (again, for me). Everyone's personal calculus will be different, of course, so buy the books in the format that makes sense for you.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:25:55 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
The technology to use software or electronic media may go down but not the price of the media. I remember when new games for the PC came out they used to cost around $40.00. Now most new releases for popular titles is at $60.00. Ebook readers have gone down but the prices of the books themselves have gone up as normal. In case you haven't noticed we have been in a recession the last couple of years and publishers and authors still have families to feed and bills to pay.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:27:46 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Politics is easy. Sell out to the richest contributor and change laws so they make you rich. Don't need to read a book to learn that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 9:29:33 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Then don't do it.... I know, that sounds to simple...

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:04:25 AM PDT
GreyDay says:
You are right about newly released games. I have no quarrel with high prices for new releases. Publishers and game makers have to make back their investments. But have you looked at the prices for OLD titles? Civilization 1 and such are available free now and Civ 3 is going for $9.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:08:05 AM PDT
K. Rowley says:
"But have you looked at the prices for OLD titles? Civilization 1 and such are available free now and Civ 3 is going for $9."

Would that still be the case if those old games were to be ported over to a different format on a new kind of device? Given all those old games out there, I'm really surprised that more of them aren't being ported over to the new android tablets..

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 10:42:44 AM PDT
(*Stands behind Frank. Peeks around his elbow. Sticks out tongue.*) Nyah.

Posted on May 21, 2012 10:47:55 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
A 2 liter bottle of Coke costs about 3 cents in water, sweetener, CO2, and flavorings to make. Should we be complaining about the $1.19 it costs in the supermarket, or could there be just a little more to the cost of goods than the price of the ingredients?

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 11:09:34 AM PDT
New Girl says:
The terms of the settlement that have been released so far are three major points:

1. Publisher will terminate any deals with Apple or other sellers of e-books that "restricts, limits, or impedes the e-book retailer's ability to set, alter, or reduce the retail price of any e-book;"
2. Publisher will not to enter into such deals for at least two years; and
3. Publisher will abstain from retaliating against any retailer setting, altering, or reducing the retail price any e-book.

While this will allow Amazon and other retailers to discount nothing prohibits the publishers from raising their wholesale cost to any price point they see fit. They will still control the wholesale market of the books they publish and can choose to delay the release of the ebook version or sell licenses in non refundable "bundles" to force volume sales.

Delaying the sale of ebooks is likely to impact readers the most and would be a significant step in the wrong direction but it is within their power to do so. Raising the wholesale price and/or bundling would make more sense if their goal is to prevent Amazon from becoming (or staying) the monopoly in ebook sales and to prevent Amazon or any other retailer from dictating the base retail price for ebooks.

In any case, I have yet to see any evidence that ebook prices will drop because of the settlement. If prices do drop it will be because of the impact of authors moving away from publishing with the big six and going into self publishing of some sort. If the publishers get smart they will make drastic changes to their author agreements to prevent this from happening but I will believe that when I see it also.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 11:17:23 AM PDT
I think that just like WITH the big publishers, certain authors become known, liked, and sought after, so it will be if the big houses push authors to seek other avenues.

Sure, there will be a lot more dreck to sort through. But with the internet age being what it is, word of mouth will promote excellent self-published (but well-edited, PLEASE!) authors within the indie market. We will all begin to collectively sort through the proverbial slush pile, together.

The big houses are going to "control" themselves right out of business.
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