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Initial post: Jul 28, 2014 10:20:32 PM PDT
Golf Gal says:
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Posted on Jul 28, 2014 10:35:03 PM PDT
You can get Kindle ebooks from most libraries if you have a Library Card.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 10:38:13 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 10:39:34 PM PDT
Zanzibar says:
So don't buy ebooks and don't pay for prime. Do whatever fits within your budget. I can't fathom why you need to share your preference for paperback prices with other ebook buyers. Do you think we will all go back to paperbacks to please you?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 10:52:42 PM PDT
I have 'purchased' 2700 e-books...about 2600 of which were free, and all are by famous authors....Dickens, Doyle, Poe, Wodehouse, etc. I'm not complaining.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:04:48 PM PDT
Artist says:
Why should e-books be cheaper? They contain the same material as any of the other formats, and while they don't use paper and ink, or have to be shipped, , server space is required to manage them (and people who know how to take care of those servers) and they require all of the same publishing employees to get the book from the writer to the public. If you want cheaper e-book, buy self-published books -- but most of them are not anywhere near the same quality, though. If you think Amazon and/or publishers use servers with minimal storage and extremely cheap memory, I don't even know what to say to you.

Personally, I'll pay more for e-books because of the convenience. Just like I'll pay more at 7-11 if I want a bottle soda if I don't want to deal with going to the supermarket for just one soda. The fact that I don't have to hold a book in my injured hands, that I can enlarge the font size, and that I can immediately look up a word are also important benefits to me.

Make whatever choice that's best for you. However, announcing it on a KINDLE forum is like walking into a pizza place and announcing to everyone there that you don't like pizza.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:05:12 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2014 11:21:04 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Walmart now offers free paperbacks?

ETA: they also have a pitiful selection of books - the last time I was in one (over 5 years ago), other than a few bestsellers, almost all the books were old/reissues/junk.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:16:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2014 11:29:15 PM PDT
CatChat says:
"There are no paper, printing, shopping or storage costs for ebooks"

ebooks may not go through things like printing or shipping, but they do go through formatting and everything else involved to make them compatible with as many devices as the author/publisher can manage.
whether it be a printed or digital copy, there are still several steps involved to make it available for customers.
it's never been advertised that the prime selections include big name publishers and/or authors, though.
if you are paying for a prime membership only for the books then, yes, it is a waste in money. if the membership doesn't suit your needs, you can cancel whenever you choose.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:26:45 PM PDT
Have you tried your local library to borrow eBooks?

Have you tried ereaderiq.com (or any of the other websites that keep track of Amazon's daily eBook freebies)?

I don't understand why you are frustrated when there are ways of getting free and low cost reading for e-readers.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:27:17 PM PDT
You know that a data center costs several hundred million dollars to build and uses millions of dollars worth of electricity a month? People operate them. They have to...

Never mind...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:37:22 PM PDT
King Al says:
In my opinion, an ebook is worth MORE than a hardcover (not to mention a paperback.) The production cost is irrelevant except to set a minimum price. Do you seriously think a pair of Air Jordans cost 10-15 times as much to produce than a generic pair of BB shoes?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:38:16 PM PDT
Miss Carol says:
Can you give an example of the book you're looking at? Often when people make this announcement - it turns out they're looking at the price of a yet-to-be-released paperback. I just like to see for myself (not that I'm doubting your word in any way of course).

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 28, 2014 11:40:41 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
she's talking about Walmart, so that's not likely

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 12:49:23 AM PDT
Miss Carol says:
Oh - I didn't read the post very well. I'd still like an example though. People claim things are true - but I'd like to see it with my own eyes!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 12:52:08 AM PDT
Only a small percentage of rants are ever backed up with real data.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 12:57:26 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and most of the paperback complaints are for books not yet released in paperback

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 3:10:30 AM PDT
Denis Powell says:
Have you checked to see how much it actually costs to print, warehouse and distribute a typical paperback. You may be surprised at just how low that figure is. I'm in the UK and those costs are often less then 70c per copy. In other words, when you compare prices on the basis of "costs" you can only offset that amount. You could argue, for instance, that the price of a paperback shouldn't be any more than 70c in Walmart as they have to have the building staffed, heated, lit etc., regardless of whether books are on sale or not.

I've yet, however, to find any book store that has instant access to the millions of books available from Amazon and I've never been able to walk out with a book without having to pay.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 3:21:55 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and what about the huge price discrepancy between HB and PB books...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 3:30:49 AM PDT
Denis Powell says:
I used to buy HBs for "vanity" reasons. They looked good on my shelves and they lasted longer than most PBs as those discoloured with age. I've now reached an age when I no longer care what people think of my reading habits and most of my HBs have been disposed of ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 3:50:48 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
yep, I'm due for yet another purging when I return to the US and pull my books out of storage

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 4:30:03 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 29, 2014 4:31:44 AM PDT
loriltx says:
And most have them to drop in and rant never to be heard from again. Also previous review of a book shows she asked for a refund because she didn't like the book. That's all I need to know about what type of person she is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 4:32:03 AM PDT
Talk to the publishers.
Go to the library.

and someone has to buy the hardware to store the books, maintain the hardware, pay for the electricity, etc...

It's not just paper and shipping.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 4:55:55 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
AAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!

< I cannot fathom ...>

That is the root of the whole issue.

Good grief.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 5:15:55 AM PDT
Why does a small bottle of Coke at the 7-11 cost the same as a 2-liter bottle at Wally's?

One word: CONVENIENCE.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2014 5:17:45 AM PDT
Also:

"...books from lending library never include famous writers..."

Because those publishers have elected NOT to participate. That's not Amazon's doing.

Furthermore, as others have already said, I NEVER want to bother with a paper book again, if I don't have to.
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