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Initial post: Jan 26, 2014 3:32:02 PM PST
Diane Rawls says:
I just saw the new Daniel Silva book posted - it's not even out yet - for $17.99 for the Kindle edition!!!!!!!!!!!!! Are they kidding????????? I hope NO ONE buys it - that's an absolutely ludicrous price for a non-paper, non-printed, non-shipped, non in the store edition. C'mon!!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 3:34:21 PM PST
Loz says:
Feel free to not purchase it. No one is forcing your hand.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 3:39:14 PM PST
JoshuaJohn says:
Thanks for the information.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 3:50:41 PM PST
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Arual says:
Hi Diane,

Wait a while before buying it. The price will come down. It's the same with any new release in paper. The hardcover book's price is high then, but the paperback copy is cheaper when it's issued several months later.

And anyway, the publisher sets the price of a book; you can contact them if you'd like. But Amazon is not the one who sets the price.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 3:56:47 PM PST
K. Rowley says:
This one?

The Heist: A Novel (Gabriel Allon) Daniel Silva
$17.99

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 26, 2014 4:04:49 PM PST
Why would you care if anybody else buys something? Do you think everybody has to make the same buying choices that you do?

The price will eventually come down, do you think no one should buy it, even then?

What if before July, the price goes down to $3.99 for a day, do you think no one should pre-order it at that price?

And you have absolutely no business sense - the price of anything is not based solely on what shipping, printing, etc. Supply & demand is how it works.

It's not like you are being forced to purchase a book/eBook - they are not necessities like food, water, etc.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 1:56:52 PM PST
Diane Rawls says:
Well Saint Kessa, actually no, I don't believe that everyone has to make the same buying decisions I do. And I'm not a complete idiot - I do realize that the market is driven by supply and demand - duh - but the supply of this book, or any other (unless handprinted by a monk in a dark chamber) is not going to be limited; my comment, perhaps badly phrased, was that asking $17.99 for a Kindle book is ludicrous. I was simply shocked that the initial price was that high. I realize that the publisher sets the price, but it seems to me that the costs of actually publishing a book, using paper and ink and mechanical systems, plus shipping and shelf space, would make a digital book less expensive.

You could perhaps be slightly less snarky in your personal references to those who post comments. I'm pretty sure I didn't insult YOU.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 2:00:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 2:00:54 PM PST
The digital book is $10 cheaper than the hardcover version. If you walk into a bookstore and buy it--you pay $27.99.

And the costs involved in producing a printed book as opposed to a digital one are only around $3. (Much less than that for the paperback versions).

ETA an 'r'

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 2:04:45 PM PST
King Al says:
If you're going to gripe about something, you should griping about the difference in price between the hardcover and the paperback. A hardcover is not much more expensive to produce than a paperback.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 2:13:24 PM PST
It's deja vu all over again...

http://smile.amazon.com/forum/kindle/ref=cm_cd_search_res_ti?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx1D7SY3BVSESG&cdPage=1&cdSort=oldest&cdThread=Tx2I655K9KLH4XE#Mx3PP6WP8TBEQ91

That said, I really don't think the publishers are doing themselves any favors by listing so many pre-orders with inflated prices. I keep a separate wishlist for pre-releases and almost without fail the price drops closer to the release date (in the mystery/thriller category like Silva.)

OP, I recommend you wait until at least one week out to pub date before starting in on the whine.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 3:16:37 PM PST
Tim W. says:
If you don't want to pay the asking price, HarperCollins allows their books in the public library. Wait until your library webpage shows the book and get on the waiting list.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 5:18:41 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
"my comment, perhaps badly phrased, was that asking $17.99 for a Kindle book is ludicrous. I was simply shocked that the initial price was that high."

Publishers, like most businesses, seek to maximize their profits. Selling a book at a lower price only makes sense if enough additional sales are generated to improve the overall bottom line.

Also, a lot of people seem to fixate on how the lack of a physical book should make an ebook cheaper. That's only one side of the equation. What many people don't consider is that with no physical component, there's no incentive to take a lower profit on an item in order to clear out shelf space and make room for new inventory.

In the end, the general rule of thumb for ebook prices seems to be that the price of an ebook will be slightly cheaper than Amazon's discounted price for the cheapest hardcopy edition available. This book, in fact, does seem to follow that rule, and I would expect it to fall in price when a paperback edition is released.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 5:24:39 PM PST
Mike says:
Take it easy, Diane. Calm down. Don't buy it if it's too expensive for you. Actually, it's too expensive for me. What I do is put it on my wish list, and check it's price periodically. When it has a sale, or goes down in prices, then it will purchase it. In the mean time... Relax.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 5:25:31 PM PST
A. Dietz says:
Have you read the previous books in the series? I have all of them in the Kindle edition and have read each one 3 times. My wife has read each one once, so that's about $4.50/read, a very realistic price for an excellent story. Of course there's an easy solution if you don't like the price, don't buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 5:25:42 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
It's simple, most new books cost more at release. A lot of people can't wait and pay the price. Once that slows down then the prices drop. It has been like this since before Amazon started selling e-books. The prices were actually higher.

There is more to putting together an e-book than you might think. Just because you don't think any work goes into them and they appear by magic you would be surprised.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 5:36:49 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
I'm waiting on a February release. The kindle edition was originally priced at $14.99. It's now at $12.74.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2014 11:02:27 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2014 11:03:15 PM PST
CBRetriever says:
huh?

that one's $10.99 for me

ETA: must still be going down or else the price is cheaper to those in France

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:05:04 AM PST
Diane Rawls says:
I do the same; what everyone seems to miss in what I said is that an initial price of $17.99 is way too high; I have read all of this series, and mostly I have waited until the paperback comes out (and then buy it used at my local bookstore). But still - my point was that asking that much, even for an initial printing, is simply outrageous. I understand that the price will eventually come down, but when it starts that high, who's to say what it will come down to at some point??? I am fully aware that publishers can set the price t whatever level they choose; I simply think that this price is ludicrous.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:07:36 AM PST
Diane Rawls says:
Did I at any point say that I think less work goes into an e-book??? Not that I can see; obviously, I meant that there are lower costs associated with the e-book than with a hard copy - duh -

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:11:56 AM PST
King Al says:
You may think it is ludricrous, but apparently enough people are willing to buy at that price. The publishers are in business to maximize profit, not to provide you with inexpensive reading.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:12:29 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2014 11:13:58 AM PST
The point is, *nobody* has actually paid that price because it's NOT available. Even pre-orders don't get charged until the release date. And as several have pointed out, it's almost guaranteed that price will drop, pre-release. Why waste a lot of time haranguing about a hypothetical? In particular since your complaint is not in any way reaching the one entity that really matters - the publisher.
But hey, knock yerself out...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:22:00 AM PST
CBRetriever says:
I'm seeing most new ebooks that come out at the same time in HB going for close to the same price as the HB - as I live in a country where books cannot be sold for less than a 5-7% discount, they're all pretty expensive

I was really surprised that that book was so cheap for me (average price of a small paperback is almost $12). I'm watching several that are well over $17.77

Murder in Pigalle (An Aimee Leduc Investigation Book 14) = $20.16
Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) = $20.60
Severed Souls (Sword of Truth Book 14) = $22.35

I'll wait - I've been waiting on these for almost a year

Paris = $17.77
The Last Train to Zona Verde: My Ultimate African Safari = $19.94 or $17.74

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:45:25 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 11:46:50 AM PST
I always wondered why people who complain about eBook prices, don't even mention the price difference in different paper books.

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