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Initial post: Mar 10, 2013 4:47:21 PM PDT
Amphissa says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:48:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 10, 2013 4:50:34 PM PDT
Examples please? If you are looking at USED paperback books, then yes, the Kindle Edition might be more expensive. In general, when a book first comes out in hardback, the Kindle edition is priced a little lower than the hardcover. When the paperback is released (usually 6 months to a year later), the kindle edition price will drop again.

Please note the in most cases, the publisher sets the price of the ebook, not Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:51:40 PM PDT
The Artist says:
Publishers are selling more e-books now than print books, so your prediction is faulty, if not downright ridiculous.

If the most important thing to you is the price, then sell or gift your PW to someone and keep buying paperbacks. Simple, no?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:51:58 PM PDT
Piney - Love love the ASCII facepalm!

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 4:52:39 PM PDT
Frank Tuttle says:
I respectfully disagree with everything the OP stated.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:53:16 PM PDT
Beam me up Scotty......

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:53:42 PM PDT
King Al says:
You don't know what you're talking about. Ebook sales are skyrocketing compared to paper books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:55:52 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Don't hold your breath on that.

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 4:59:14 PM PDT
My Mom has the large edition Kindle which is useful for her low vision problems. However, it is difficult for her to purchase new books due to the black keyboard and small buttons. It seems like an obvious flaw in the design. Otherwise, the large font application has made a lifelong reader be able to still enjoy her passion for books.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 4:59:26 PM PDT
It kind of says it all, doesn't it?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:03:41 PM PDT
Dittie says:
To put it as nicely as possible, me thinks you're full of crap.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:07:20 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Buy what makes sense to you, whether that's paper books or ebooks. Borrow from your library. Ask about websites that list inexpensive books. Browse Amazon's sales on ebooks.

Whining here does nothing except make you look like a spoiled brat in need of a nap.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:08:19 PM PDT
The Artist says:
Margaret, there are things called no-key skins that include stickers that go over the keys on the Kindle. Some have high contrast designs, which would help your mother see the keys better.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:21:41 PM PDT
Or unless the idiots who get given PWs figure out how to find cheaper books!

I sincerely hope you're not whining like this to the person who was kind enough to give you your kindle - that would be extremely rude. But I suggest you give it back to them, or hand it on to someone else who would clearly appreciate it more than you do.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:25:55 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Here are some numbers obviously predicting gloom and doom for e-publishing:

"E-book sales for adult fiction and nonfiction grew by 36% in the first three quarters of 2012, compared with the previous year. Mass-market paperback sales shrank by 17% in the same period, while hardcover sales declined by 2.4%, according to a recent report from the Association of American Publishers."

Source:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324678604578340752088305668.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_emailed

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 5:31:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 10, 2013 5:54:41 PM PDT
Amphissa says:
E-book sales skyrocketing? According to publishing data, e-books make up a total of 22% of sales. When you consider that a large portion of e-books are sold to libraries (through volume deals), children's books, and textbooks, the market for trade books in e-format is actually not exactly booming. However, e-book sales are good on Amazon.

No, I'm not talking about used books. Look at the Amazon listing for most any book. The Kindle price is typically twice the Mass Market Paperback price. What genius came up with that pricing strategy?

I'm not "whining" -- just stating the obvious economic facts. Price is a factor in marketing any product. If e-books are not priced at the same level or lower than the traditional book, it discourages sales. This is the transition from LP to CD and from VHS to DVD all over again. Paying premium prices for a newer version of the same old product. What's different is, the improvement of the new product, from print on paper to print on display screen, is not really much of an upgrade in quality. So the fundamental enticement is not there to drive sales.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:34:29 PM PDT
Then don't buy eBooks and get off the Kindle Forum since you don't even use a Kindle & don't buy eBooks.

This is for people that use a Kindle/App & read eBooks - you do neither. Bye!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:35:13 PM PDT
Dragi Raos says:
Amphisa, which part of "36% increase year over year" you do not understand?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:35:22 PM PDT
@Amphissa: You wrote: What genius came up with that pricing strategy?

Simple answer = the publishers. They set the price for most ebooks, not Amazon. Google Agency Model Agreement and read about it. Amazon can, and does, discount the price of paper books. Amazon can not discount the price of ebooks.

So please complain to the publishers. You are preaching to the converted here.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:36:01 PM PDT
Dittie says:
Why not just show *all* those examples of e-books that are priced higher than their mass market list prices? Or five of them? Three? One, any one?

Posted on Mar 10, 2013 5:36:03 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
I think the OP is more accurately full of Genuine Fossil Coprolite - Real Dinosaur Poop, as this argument has been made again and again back into prehistoric fora.

Really, it is not Amazon's or other posters' problem that Amphissa's mother never taught him/her how to shop. Here are some pointers:
Wait for sales--there's a different Kindle Daily Deal every DAY. The 100 under $3.99 changes every month.
Take advantage of others' work--use ereaderiq.com or follow the Discounted/Price Dropped thread.
Try the generic brand. There's a new Freebie thread every day. Not every self-published author is the next Hemingway, but neither is every one of them Snoopy...suddenly a shot rang out...
You don't need to read exactly what everyone else is reading exactly when they're reading it. Chances are it's dreck, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:38:08 PM PDT
I agree........well, maybe except for the respectfully part.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:38:20 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Yes, yes. I'm sure you, having had a Kindle for less than three months, know more about what will make publishers and Amazon more money than they do.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 10, 2013 5:42:57 PM PDT
Amphissa is considering the used book prices in her comparison.

Which is just further proof that

A: She has NEVER been in a bookstore
and
B: She should buy all of her books at garage sales. Paperbacks there are 25˘.
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