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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:06:58 AM PST
Bubba says:
My guess is that the Agency Model is not going to change for the better -- not after Random House just went to it. My guess is that Random House is preparing for the Kindle app to leave the Jobs app store.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 11:09:15 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2011 11:10:05 AM PST
MR you and I survived the bruhaha of last april. It was brutal. People's preorders canceled Penguin pulling *all* their ebook titles from the american amazon store. Yes the majority of us said access is more important then price and for a lot of us its still the case.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 11:10:29 AM PST
Zeldock says:
"Yes the majority of us said access is more important then price and for a lot of us its still the case."

That's true for me.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 11:13:54 AM PST
I made the mistake of buying a Kindle for both of my daughters for Christmas. Now with the downloads getting so expensive, they won't use it. what a waste of money. They love to read, but can buy new paper backs for less than a down load. Amazon should talk to the publishers and see if they can get the price down as it used to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:15:07 AM PST
Read the thread...publisher won't budge and amazon can't fight them. Its either allow the prices or not have the ebooks.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:18:37 AM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
Yes, and when I was 7, my mom would send me to the market to buy a loaf of bread for 5˘.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 11:21:35 AM PST
Tara Maya says:
Aren't ebooks just as expensive on the Nook? It's the same publishers, after all.

Tara Maya
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Conmergence: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:27:19 AM PST
C. S. Jones says:
That is how I see it. Once iBooks is the only ereader allowed on the Apple products that would have left them omitted completely from that device. This would be the only way to ensure that the titles remained available to these devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:32:15 AM PST
All agency publishers charge the same across all ereaders. if you find a title cheaper , contact amazon (they have a link on the book's page) they usually lower the price then.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:37:04 AM PST
Caddis, that is one thing that stays in my mind. As convienent as Kindle and other e-readers are (and, I cannot see myself without one), I can certainly see the loss of jobs at libraries, bookstores, malls, magazine stands, etc...

Already, many of the BlockBuster video stores are closing in my area. Makes me wonder what these people are going to do.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:39:24 AM PST
BB was killed by Netflix and RedBox. People want convenience nowadays. Everyone is so busy they don't seem to have time to go places so the businesses are going to them in the form of digital downloads.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:44:51 AM PST
I know that, and I can certainly understand the need for convienence. There are just not enough hours in a day to rewind, then return videos, return library books and so forth. I hate going shopping at malls-too many rude people.

In addition, I have a letter carrier from hell. He constantly mixes up our mail and it is always an adventure waiting for my beloved books to arrive. It is much better for me to press a button and see my book download shortly after than to start a love affair with the mailman. Unfortunately, dealing with the human factor has also lead to needing less interaction at times.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 11:45:48 AM PST
Thanks for the definition of the indie author. So, do some indie authors publish their books on Amazon Kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:49:37 AM PST
Most do.

The best way to tell is seek out .99 and 2.99 books most are indies.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 11:51:49 AM PST
Bubba says:
They could do what many other people do if they think that a book is too expensive; put off buying the book until the price comes down. Ther are LOTS of free and cheap Kindle books available.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 12:00:37 PM PST
mebe says:
I will give up the .99 - 2.99 books before giving up the authors and books that I really want and enjoy to read

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 12:01:55 PM PST
D. Fleming says:
Why do you think you can't get ebooks from anywhere but Amazon? I have found many sources of ebooks with low-priced and free ebooks. A Google "free ebooks" search will pull up many legit sources (and some not-so-legit!). Even if you just stick with the legit ones, you'll find years of great reading for way less than the outrageous agency pricing on some of the bestsellers.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 12:39:33 PM PST
Do you use the USB cable to download low priced and free ebooks from other places besides Amazon? Again, I am new to Kindle and e-reading in general, so, I'm trying to gather resources to obtain cheap books.

I agree with you, D. seems to me that we can get many hours of very interesting reading with just the rotation of free and dirt cheap reads.

Also, if I really want a particular book by a particular author or subject and just feel like I cannot wait, I will order it right away. I'm just learning to be patient, though. I had to be patient while waiting for titles to arrive at the library, so, I can be patient for prices to drop or if I'm lucky, something will rotate to the free column. It already happened to me twice this week!

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 12:52:26 PM PST
Damon says:
There are still many reasons to get an ereader, I prefer the kindle because I love Amazon. Especially at their current price point they are worthwhile but an ereader is never going to replace paper books in my opinion. I loved my kindle 2 so much that I bought a kindle 3. I figured I could sell, for cheap, my K2 to one of my sisters but I found myself trying to convince them that just because you got a kindle you were not betraying your "love for books, the feel and smell and nostalgia of them". Even planning to keep the kindles on the same acct so we could share our ebooks it was a hard sell. After she had it a month she was hooked and has joined a book club. My point is that my ebook buying strategy changed when the publishers took control of the pricing. I will not pay more for an ebook if there is a cheaper print version available. Ever! Because of handicaps it is physically easier for me to hold and see a kindle than a book and yet I refuse to be extorted by the publishers. That is why I think the publishers charge so much for ebooks is because they can. SO many new ereader devices are being sold and the greater percentage of owners love their devices so much that they WILL pay more for an ebook just to use their fancy new device. It may be a pain but I always check the print prices before buying an ebook. I find I use the K3 to listen to and read free, cheap ebooks and stories or must have now NYT bestsellers and try to take advantage of Amazons mass market 3 for 4 promotions as much as I can. So just do not do it folks. Do not allow yourselves to be extorted by the publishers and maybe they will see reason. I doubt it though.

Posted on Mar 4, 2011 1:01:45 PM PST
GreyDay says:
How many heavy readers were replacing their paper libraries before the price increases? How many stopped afterwards because it was too much for a book they already owned?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:03:47 PM PST
How many heavy readers still save 5 to 15 dollars on each Kindle book they buy? This one does.

I still believe that people complaining about prices never bought new hardcovers and never bought them in bookstores. Otherwise there is no explanation for their thinking.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:33:05 PM PST
Linnymsw says:
Not true. I did buy lots of books before i got my kindle. I got mine soon after it was introduced and stopped buying regular books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:40:09 PM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
>Makes me wonder what these people are going to do.

Flip burgers. The all-new American Service Economy.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:41:31 PM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
That's fine, mebe. You'll find lots of fellow believers here and mucho support for that line of thinking.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2011 1:44:13 PM PST
Caddis Nymph says:
I still buy regular books, as well. Kindle's not too great with art/architecture books, for instance. Coffee table books: (Carl Jung's "Red Book," for instance, is on every page a work of art, hand-lettered, hand-illustrated ... 'twould never work on the Kindle and at Amazon's $120 price for the $200 book is still a bargain.)
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